RAPID CITY | Everett John Nelson was born on August 19, 1937, in Troy, SD, to John E. Nelson and Ruth Leona Nelson. He passed on July 16, 2013, peacefully in his home surrounded by family after battling a long illness.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Ilah Nelson; daughter, Judy (Mark) Kruse; sons, Everett “Buck” Nelson Jr. and Bob (Lori) Nelson; five grandchildren, Kade Bell, Tyler Nelson, Devin Nelson, Markie Kruse and Courtney Nelson; brothers, Dennis (Kay) Nelson and John (Diana) Nelson both of Rapid City, and Steve (Jill) Nelson, Spokane, WA; and brothers-in-law, Noel Gajeski, Milwaukee, WI and Jim Alexander, Phoenix, AZ.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Russell Nelson and his wife, Helen; and his sisters, Joann Gajeski and RuthAnn Alexander.
After graduation from Waverly High School, Everett moved to Rapid City, where he worked for Atwater Pontiac. He then worked for Rapid Chevrolet for 25 years and received many honors as parts manager. He then went to work for Rapid Motors as parts manager for several years where he was honored as regional parts manager by Mercedes Benz. For the last 23 years Everett was employed by Whisler Bearing, retiring in May of 2013.
Everett’s interests were gardening, fishing, camping and spending time outdoors. He enjoyed traveling around the area to view trains.
Everett was involved with Rushmore Little League for many years and was a member of the Moose Lodge and Legion.
Everett enjoyed all of the extra-curricular activities of his grandchildren. He also enjoyed spending time with his various pets, his last being Bandi, a Jack Russel terrier.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Kirk Funeral Home, with 6:30 p.m. prayer services. Visitation will continue for one hour before services on Saturday.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at Kirk Funeral Home, with Rev. Jon Mapa officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.
An online guestbook is available at www.kirkfuneralhome.com.