Gary Lee Nelson Sr.

May 12, 1940March 22, 2021

Gary L. Nelson Sr., of Gresham, passed away on March 22, 2021 at the age of 80. He was born in San Bernardino, California. He along with his three siblings; Phyllis, Lorna and Dean, were raised in Gresham by his parents Jesse and Helen (Makousky) Berg. Gary attended Gresham High School and departed school early to serve in the military. He served in the Army National Guard and finished his service in the US Coast Guard. His time in the military took him to places like Japan, Hawaii, and Alaska, to name a few. Gary retired from the UA Local 290 as a steamfitter and had worked on many large construction jobs throughout the US, including the Alaska Pipeline. He always enjoyed traveling, wood working, hunting and fishing, classic cars and Corvettes and really enjoyed working on puzzles. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to his neighbors on any of their projects or home repairs. Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Helen; and siblings, Phyllis, Lorna and Dean. He is survived by his children, Daughter, Debi Herrod, Son, Gary Nelson Jr. and Daughter-in-law, Danna Nelson and Daughter, Denise Blaylock; six grandchildren, Kelly, Alisha, Kaylee, Lane, Jayden and Tate; and many nieces, nephews and friends. A committal service will be held at Willamette National Cemetery on April 8th at 1:30pm. All guests will need to arrive at the cemetery no later than 1:15pm in order to attend the service. Gary’s family would like to thank everyone for their love and friendship for their father throughout the years.


  • Committal Service

    Thursday, April 8, 2021


Gary Lee Nelson Sr.

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Cathy & Greg Fuss

April 14, 2021

I first met Gary in 1995 in Cabo San Lucas Mexico, where he was vacationing with friends Greg Fuss and Larry (the butcher). My girlfriends and I met them at the Cabo Wabo Cantina and I met my future husband Greg Fuss that night. We had a blast that week and now 24 years later and a daughter, we often wonder where Gary ended up. Today as we settle the estate of my mother-in-law Sandra Fuss (a friend of Gary's who passed on Feb 8, 2021), we learn of Gary's passing. What a small world. Gary, may you be enjoying a few shots of tequila on our behalf my dear friend. We are also trying to find a way to connect with his family; please reach us at

Tina Brown

April 2, 2021

So many wonderful memories with this family. Uncle Gary you will be missed. Please look over your kids and grandkids. We love you so much! RIP......... ❤️❤️💙💙

Randy Wells

April 1, 2021

Just found out about Gary. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his entire family. I'll miss laughing with you at the car shows. Take care old friend. You will be missed but thought of often.

Sue Weaverson

March 26, 2021

Uncle Gary 💖
You will be missed. Always in my heart and prayers 🙏 I love you. Now your at peace with our loved ones.
Your niece Suzy💕