Gerald "Jerry" Robert Nelson


Gerald "Jerry" Robert Nelson, 83, of Fairfield, peacefully went to be with the Lord on Jan. 8, 2020, at his home. Jerry was born Jan. 19, 1936, in Brainerd, Minn., the son of Kermit and Edythe Bogganstos Nelson. He married Cathaleen "Cathy" Wind on Sept. 5 1963. Jerry and Cathy lived in Marshalltown, Iowa, for 20 years and have lived in Fairfield since 1994. Jerry served in the U.S. Army and was an optician for a private practice. He was a member of Kiwanis Club, the Eagles Club, the Walton Club and Elks Club. He loved golfing, fishing, playing cards, gardening, working on projects around the home and spending time with his family, especially his seven grandchildren.
He was proceeded in death by his wife, Cathy; sisters, Judy, Pasty and Linda; and his parents.
Jerry will be missed by his children, Brian Nelson of Sacramento, Calif., Angie Mc Lean (Chris) of Coralville, Iowa, and Alisa Nelson of Coon Rapids, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Zachary, Catherine, Adam, Jakin, Savannah, Alisabeth and Lillian; one sister, Donna Epps; and brothers, Billy Ray and Aden Ray.
Cremation has been accorded. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Behner Funeral Home.
A memorial has been established to the Fairfield Kiwanis Club. Cards and memorials may be mailed to Angie McLean, 1338 Sweeting Lane, Coralville, IA 52241.
Online condolences may be made to the family at

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