Terry Joseph Nelson (7-31-1948- 6-26-2020) is preceded in death by his parents Mark and Dolly Nelson, and his older brother Mark Jr.
Terry was a Vietnam veteran who served two tours with the Army 82nd Airborne. After returning back to the states he became a professional long-haul truck driver and served as a Teamster Union Steward while working for Brazo’s trucking. He was a lover, a fighter, and a Harley Rider. Terry was known for being able to drive anything on wheels, from two wheels to eighteen. During his later years, he would frequently head out west and along the way attend Sturgis.
Terry is survived by his two children Rebecca and Anthony and also his two stepsons Michael and Scott Dorothy. He is also survived by four wonderful grandchildren, Samantha, Destiny, Dustin, and Liam. Along with siblings Sandy Toyne, Ken, Robert, Jim (Randy), Rhoda Wolfe, Lanita Lane, and John. As well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Known for commanding a room but also his big heart, Terry would drive all night in order to hold a newly born member of the family. Not only was he a known motorcycle enthusiast, but he also was a lover of American Western Art and literature. He worked for O’brien’s Art Emporium in Scottsdale, AZ where he versed himself on art history and sales.
A celebration of life gathering will be from 10:00 AM – 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at the VFW Post 1856, 518 S. 29th Street – Fort Dodge, with military honors at 12:00 p.m. A further memorial will be held at a date TBD. Donations to the Nelson memorial may be sent to: Lanita Lane at 1783 Legion Ave. Fort Dodge, IA 50501. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.brucesfuneralhome. com