Dad passed away with his family by his side June 7, 2019 at Avantara of Billings. Thomas Nelson was born in Silesia, Montana on October 1, 1931 to Roy William Nelson and Edna Ruth Nelson (Clements). He graduated from Joliet High School in 1949. He attended Eastern Montana College. He married the love of his life, Joyce Harris on August 21, 1952. They were happily married for 63 years until her death.
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He was employed as a salesman for much of his life, selling office supplies, printing, water softeners, and print advertising. Later in life he drove school bus until his retirement.
He loved the outdoors. Hunting, fishing, camping and hiking he was in his element in the woods. We’ve lost our mentor and fishing and hunting buddy. No matter what we were after, it was always a competition to out fish dad or shoot the biggest buck or bag the most pheasants. An accomplishment to be cherished.
He is survived by his siblings Louise Harvey, Harold Nelson and Donna Meehan; his children Curtis Nelson, Clayton Nelson, Janet McGraw and Jeremy Nelson and step-son Hal Harris; 15 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and his beloved fur babies Pepper, Jewel and Missy. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Larry, son Tom, and his wife Joyce.
We want to thank the staff at Avantara and Stillwater Hospice, especially the ones who took extra special and compassionate care of Dad.
A memorial service will be held at 1 pm Thursday, June 20 at Smith Downtown Chapel in Billings at 925 S. 27th St.