Gordon Nelson, 84

    AVOCA -- Gordon Nelson, 84, Avoca, formerly of Harlan, died December 14 at the Avoca Nursing and Rehab Center.
    Services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan with burial in the Harlan Cemetery.  A prayer service was held Monday, Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Pauley Jones Funeral Home in Harlan.  Visitation was Monday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
    Nelson is survived by his wife, Thelma (Schwarte) Nelson of Harlan; daughters Janie Marie (Gregory) Valdez of San Antonio, TX, and Teresa (Mark) McLaughlin of Audubon; son Jerry Jay Nelson of Destin, FL; stepsons Tim (Holly) Smith of Blair, NE, Todd (Shireen) Smith of Council Bluffs, Troy Smith of Shelby and Trent Smith of Des Moines; stepdaughter Traci (Mark Haynes) Smith of Harlan; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and six step-grandchildren.

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