Gary Brian Nelson, age 69, of East Bethel died February 10, 2021 at his home in East Bethel. A private family memorial service will be held 6:00 P.M. Monday, February 15 at Strike Life Tributes in ISANTI with a private family visitation 5:00-6:00 PM. Pastor Emily Martin of Cambridge Lutheran Church will officiate the funeral service. The service will be livestreamed and a link to watch the livestream will be posted below. Memorials are suggested. Flower arrangements handled by Cambridge Floral at (763)689-2040. www.cambridgefloral.net. Isanti VFW to provide color guard and memorial honors.
Gary Brian Nelson was born in Virginia, MN on April 9th, 1951. He was born to the late Edwin Martin Nelson and the late June Ann Nelson (Mealey). After high school, Gary joined the U.S. Army in 1968, served as a helicopter mechanic in the Vietnam War. He finished his duty in 1971 and returned home. Settling in St. Paul, MN, he met Gayle Ann Peterson in 1973. The couple married in 1974. They raised 4 children: Mitchell, Betsy, Marshall, and Bonny. They moved to East Bethel, MN in 1978 and still call it home today. Gary was a grandpa to 13 amazing kids: Ben, Charlie, Eleanor, Howard, Tommy, Rachel, Lacey, Evelyn, Annella, Violet, Henry, William and the late April Mae Roed. He will be remembered to his family as a man who dedicated his life to spending time with them. He will be remembered in his community as a great, honest man who coached and mentored many kids who are adults now, but still think of him as Coach Gary. His legacy will not be forgotten, as he has planted a great foundation for the future for his wife, family and his community whom he cherished deeply. In his later years, he had a calling to be at as many of his grandchildren’s hockey, baseball or soccer games, dance recitals, band concerts or anything that gave him an excuse to be around his loved ones. He and his wife Gayle made many memories traveling around the country to visit friends and family.
Gary Brian Nelson passed away on Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 at his home in East Bethel, MN.