Glenn Nelson Obituary

Glenn G. Nelson
Glenn G. Nelson

October 9, 1939 - September 12, 2017
Born in Artesian, S.D.
Resided in Marinette, Wisconsin


On September 12, 2017, Glenn Garfield Nelson Jr. went to be with the Lord. Known as "Gar" to family, Glenn was born October 9, 1939 in Artesian, South Dakota to Glenn and Eunice Nelson. He was the oldest of three boys raised on the family farm. At age 12, the family moved to Southern California along with their Uncle Dick, Aunt Julie, and cousins. Glenn said that growing up in Los Angeles in the 50's was a land of opportunity for a young South Dakota farm boy. Glenn was a graduate of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and a licensed civil engineer. He returned to LA and worked for 30 years for the LA County Road Department designing roads and beach bike paths. On September 9, 1965, Glenn married Reba Ann Stockman, a farm girl from Alabama. They loved each other deeply and raised their two sons in Hacienda Heights, CA. After retiring, Glenn and Reba moved to the hills outside of Shady Cove, OR. Glenn said that they chose Oregon because he couldn't weather the Alabama summers nor the South Dakota winters. Glenn could often be seen riding his tractor working their land or grading the communal road. Glenn was an active member of AA with 28 years of sobriety. He was a kind and gentle man and always enjoyed talking with neighbors. He was the hero of his two sons and "Papa" of his two granddaughters. He had a quiet, but firm faith and follows Reba into their Savior's arms. Glenn is survived by his sons Chris and Jon (Michelle), brothers Keith (Linda) and David, sister Shellie, grand-daughters Karah and Jazmine, and several cousins, nephews, and nieces. Services will be held in Oregon at a later date.




Funeral Home
Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home
610 Marinette Avenue
Marinette, WI US 54143