He was born in Clark County, Ind., the son of Kermit Nelson and Hazel Logsdon Nelson.
He graduated from Hymera High School, Class of 1957. In his career he worked at Sony in Terre Haute and later sold heavy equipment for KMI. He enjoyed working in the sales force and quickly made customers his friends. In 1992, he began the business venture of A & C Products, Inc., in Reelsville, Ind. He and his wife worked side by side in this sand and gravel company and he enjoyed life to its fullest.
On Nov. 21, 1974, he married Mary Ann Monninger Nelson and they have shared everyday together.
Gene was a member of the East Glenn Assembly of God Church and later attended Victory Christian Center.
His priorities have been his faith, family, friends and a true work ethic.
Survivors include his wife Mary Ann Nelson of Reelsville; three daughters, Lori Lendman and Steve Hause of Noblesville, Kimberly Capps of Bloomington, and Ashley Campbell and husband Justin of Terre Haute; seven grandchildren, Cody Lindman, Jessica Lindman, Daniel "DJ" Newton, Mary Newton, Tristan Capps, Landon Campbell and Maddigan Campbell; two sisters Norma Sauder of Clarksville, Ind., Judy Kent of Bedford; one brother Jerry Nelson and wife Mary of Munith Mich.; many nieces, nephews and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his father Kermit Nelson and his mother Hazel Nelson Burke; one sister Phyllis Nelson.
Services will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at French Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Simmons officiating.
Burial will follow at Highland Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 6-8 p.m.