Gary Wayne Nelson

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Nelson, Gary Wayne
Gary W. Nelson, 74, of Phoenix passed away on July 8, 2014. Gary was born in Hutchinson Kansas, graduated from East High School in Wichita Kansas and served in the United States Air Force. Gary was an avid private airplane pilot when he was younger. He loved to go camping, fishing, hunting, shooting his guns and generally being outdoors. He loved playing pool and spending time with his friends at the "Hoot Owl" on a regular basis. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Janice for 42 years before she passed away in 2000. He then married the second love of his life, Carolyn Nelson and they have been happily married for the past 14 years. Gary is survived by his second wife Carolyn Nelson, son Brad (Kim) Nelson, daughter Tammy (Greg) Linden, step son Jason Cox, sister Delaine (Rod) Kutz, six grandchildren: Anthony (Sarah) Spice, Jayleen (Ryan) Kaar, Heather (Arturo) Vazquez, Melissa (Dez) Nelson-Manzanarez, and Breanna and Christian Cox, as well as five great grandchildren: Ashton, Damian, Mikayla, Angela and Sabrina. A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday July 17, 2014 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Heritage Funeral Chapel, 6830 W. Thunderbird Road, Peoria Arizona. Memorials or donations in memory of Gary can be made to either at or to the Salvation Army at


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Heritage Funeral Chapel
6830 West Thunderbird Road Peoria, AZ 85381
(623) 974-3671
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Published in The Arizona Republic on July 14, 2014
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