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Gordon Lewis Nelson

Gordon Lewis Nelson

Gordon Lewis Nelson, 88 of Cloquet died Friday, August 3, 2018 in Sunnyside Health Care Center in Cloquet. He was born May 8, 1930 in Duluth to Lewis and Edna Nelson. He grew up in Mahtowa and graduated from Barnum High School in 1946. Gordy enlisted in the Navy and proudly served his country until 1952.

He received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from UMD in 1957. He married Mary Viebahn on October 7, 1961. Gordy worked for various fish lure making companies in Iowa and Minnesota before moving to International Falls where he worked as the purchasing manager for Boise Cascade Insulite. In 1984 he moved to Cloquet and worked at the Lighthouse for the Blind in Duluth until retiring in 1987.

Gordy enjoyed taking canoe trips to Canada with friends, fishing, and flower gardening. In his retirement, he and Mary traveled the world.

Gordy was preceded in death by his wife, Mary and sister, Norma Jean Nelson.

He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Nelson of Mora; son, Mikol (Robin) Nelson of International Falls; brothers, Donald of Minneapolis and Philip (Sharon) of Cambridge; and sister, Dolly (Tom) Muhvic of Duluth.

To honor Gordy's wishes, there will be no services. Arrangements entrusted to Atkins Northland Funeral Home and Cremation Service. To sign the guest book and offer an online tribute, see