Maurice E. Nelson (1917 - 2008)

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Maurice E. Nelson passed away Saturday, March 29, 2008, in Bozeman. Maurice and his stillborn twin were born July 26, 1917, to John and Mary (Anderson) Nelson in Pine City, Minn.

The family moved to Wisconsin, near Grantsburg on the St. Croix River, where they had a sawmill on Nelson's Landing. Maurice grew up working in the mill and helping with tourists that came to fish the river.

As a young man he was in the Civilian Conservation Corps, then in the U.S. Army from October 1941 to June 1945. He was wounded outside of Paris, France, on Aug. 22, 1944, and was in a tent hospital in France, then flown to a hospital in England, then to Camp Atterbury Hospital in Indiana. He was discharged June 1945.

Maurice moved to Pine River, Minn., where he worked in a locker plant, then met and married Betty Codner. Two years later they and their daughter, Jackie, moved to Durango, Colo., where Maurice worked as a baker in a bakery. After a time they moved to Bozeman, where he worked in the logging industry. The couple later divorced.

Maurice followed the logging jobs in White Sulphur Springs, Belt and Geyser and settled in Gallatin Gateway.

Maurice is survived by daughters, Jackie (Jerry) Reuter of Austin, Minn., and Karen Miller of Yakima, Wash.; grandchildren, Brad, Scott and Stacy in Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Montana.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Melvin, Einar, Harry, Irene, Ethel, Alice, Mae, Chloe and Verle; also numerous nieces and nephews.

remation has taken place. No services are planned.
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Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 587-3184
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Apr. 27, 2008
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