On September 23, 2012, Garl R. Nelson went home to be with Jesus Christ Our Lord & Savior. Garl was born in Driggs, Idaho on June 6, 1922.
Garl and his family moved to Nampa in the early 1930s. He attended Greenhurst School and high school in Nampa his freshman and sophomore years. He attended Kuna High School his junior and senior years. That is where he met the love of his life, Evelyn Busing. As Garl said, “they started dating and fell for each other.”
Garl joined the National Guard and in 1941 was mobilized and sent to Ft. Lewis, WA. While there he sent for Evelyn and they were married February 7, 1942. He was deployed to Europe and participated in D Day on June 6, 1944 (his 22nd birthday) and also the Battle of the Bulge.
They had four children; Pam (Buzz) Copple, Meridian; Terri (Steve) Anderson, Coeur d’Alene; Jody (Janelle) Nelson, Nampa and Rob (Charlene) Nelson, Boise.
Garl was discharged from the Army in October 1945 and went to work for Idaho Power until 1950. The family moved to Kuna where Garl farmed until 1967 when he went to work for Mtn. Empire Dairyman’s Assn. In 1971 Garl & Evelyn moved to Nampa and he retired in 1987.
Garl was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth & Letha (Cover) Nelson; step-mother Florence Nelson; in-laws, Orville & Hazel Busing; brother and sister-in-law, Burdell & Eileen Nelson and brother-in-law, Rex Ashcraft.
Garl is survived by his loving wife of 70 years; his children and spouses; 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Patty Whitney; sister, Bernice Ashcraft and many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the many wonderful people at Kindred Care (Nampa Care Center) who cared for and loved Garl and the family.
They took care of our husband and Dad for the past year and we in turn cared for them. As Garl’s in-laws always said, “He is a peach of a guy” and the family and all who knew Garl will miss him terribly.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 from 6-8 pm at Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, 404 10th Ave. So., Nampa. A celebration of Garl’s life will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 11 am at Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel.
To share a memory of Garl or to offer condolences to Garl’s Family please visit www.alsipfuneralchapel.com The family has placed their trust in Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, Nampa for their final arrangements 208-466-3545.