Eugene E. Nelson

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Eugene E. Nelson

October 19, 1938 - August 14, 2018

Eugene E. Nelson Eugene E. Nelson, 79 of Mankato, died August 14, 2018 at Ecumen Pathstone Living in Mankato.
Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Mankato. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Monday, August 20, 2018 at Mankato Mortuary, 1001 North Riverfront Dr., in Mankato and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery at a later date. The family prefers memorials be given to Mayo Hospice, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, or Connections Ministry Homeless Shelter. More info at
Gene was born October 19, 1938 to Wallace and Nellie Nelson in Greenbush, Minnesota. He grew up on a small farm in St. Hilaire, MN and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1957. He entered the Air Force after graduation and served at the base in Fairbanks, Alaska. He married his high school sweetheart Loralea Larson in 1959. Together they raised one son, Greg. Gene was a natural mechanic and he honed his skills working in auto repair shops and dealerships in Minneapolis. In 1972 he moved his family to Mankato where he started Nelson Motors of Mankato, Inc. with his brother Ron and brother Joe, thus marking his first foray into entrepreneurship. It would not be his last, he next started Pneumat Systems, Inc. a manufacturing business in Mankato that ships products around the world, and for his retirement he started Accu-Rite Powdercoating from nothing. Combining his passion, fearlessness, vision and skill he created thriving businesses that provide livelihoods for a lot of good people. That was very important to him. He was able to travel across this globe, mostly in his motor coach, where the adventures were great, but the friends made meant the world to him.
Gene is survived by his son, Greg (Sarah) Nelson of Mankato; grandson, Noah (Molly Butler) Nelson of St. Paul; sister, Marcia (Orin) Ramstad; brother, Ronald (Shirley) Nelson; sister-in-law, Laura Nelson; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Loralea "Lolly"; sister, Virgene; and brother, Jonas.
Published on August 17, 2018
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