Eugene G. Nelson

Born: Thu., Sep. 3, 1931
Died: Mon., Feb. 17, 2020

Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Sat., Feb. 29, 2020
Location: Trinity Lutheran Church

Graveside Service

3:00 PM Sat., Feb. 29, 2020
Location: Choteau Cemetery


3:30 PM Sat., Feb. 29, 2020
Location: Trinity Lutheran Church

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Eugene Gustav Nelson, age 88, a longtime resident of Choteau, died February 17, 2020. Gene was born in Choteau on September 3, 1931, to Gustav and Ida (Burke) Nelson.  He grew up in Agawam and graduated from Choteau High School.  On October 17, 1953, he married Mable Solberg and together they raised three children.  

Gene worked for Max Hansen at Superior Dairy and later Meadow Gold Dairies, when they purchased Superior Dairy in 1965, for more than 35 years.  He loved his work and getting to know his co-workers and customers who also became his friends.  

His favorite pastimes included fishing, boating, camping, hunting, visiting craft breweries with his sons, and watching sports – especially his beloved Raiders, Dodgers, and Montana State Bobcats. He treasured the many summer vacations spent at the family’s favorite spot – Swan Lake.  He also enjoyed the years of motorhome trips he took throughout the US and Mexico with his companion, Rocky Anstey.

He is survived by his children, Russell (Susan) Nelson of Belgrade, Montana; Kurt (Gail) Nelson of Boynton Beach, Florida; and Lisa Banka of Choteau, Montana; his grandchildren, Becca (Matt) Valen, Stephanie (Miguel Razo) Nelson, Christopher Banka, Skylar Banka, and Nico Nelson; great-grandchildren, Brandtly, Alaina and Olivia ; sister Eleanor Chevalier; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ben and Irene Askelson; sisters-in-law, Marilyn and Betty Solberg
; and numerous nieces and nephews.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mable Nelson; and his companion, Rocky Anstey.  

Special thanks for the wonderful care Gene received at Benefis Teton Medical Center and especially from his daughter, Lisa, and grandson, Christopher.  

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Choteau, Montana.  Gorder-Jensen Funeral Home of Choteau has been entrusted with the arrangements. Cremation has taken place.  Memorials may be made in Gene’s name to Trinity Lutheran, PO Box 110, Choteau, MT 59422.

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Laura & Don Schrock
   Posted Wed February 19, 2020
So sorry to hear of Gene's passing. Spent many fun times with Gene and Mable when our first borns were babes and we lived in Choteau at the time. Don and Gene worked together at Hanson's Dairy. Later, they bought the house they lived in and Mable had her beauty shop from my parents. Small world! Our thoughts and prayers with the family.

Pam McLean
   Posted Wed February 19, 2020
Our sympathy to the Nelson Family..Memories will be with you long after..You will see or hear something that has you saying...Remember when dad did this..He will always be with you when you go fishing, Swan Lake..

Chris Dean
   Posted Wed February 19, 2020
Such a beautiful tribute. Praying for all of your family Susan. Thanks for sharing your stories of your wonderful father in law with us. Know he will be greatly missed by all.

Emile Kimmet
   Posted Wed February 19, 2020
So sorry to hear of the passing of a Gene. He was a really nice man. Keep your memories close. They really help.

Heather Scott
   Posted Wed February 19, 2020
So very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing Lisa. I know he meant the world to you and your family. May memories and God’s grace give you comfort and strength.

Lynn and Cecil Taylor
   Posted Wed February 19, 2020
Our Sympathy to the family of Gene. You are in our prayers during this difficult time.

Cheryl Aklestad
   Posted Sat February 22, 2020
Lisa and Skylar, I am so very sorry to learn of the passing of your dad/ grandpa. You will always have him in your heart and in your memories. We are keeping you in our prayers. Love & blessings

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