Gayland C. Nelson


Gayland C. Nelson age 77 of Dixon died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born March 3, 1943 in Rockford the son of Charles W. and Ruby Pearl (Reeverts) Nelson.

Gayland was farmer and an operating engineer with Local 150 IUOE from 1964 to 2010 working for Propheter Construction for many years. He was a member of the Green River Saddle Club and enjoyed horseback riding, snowmobiling and riding in his side by side.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Linda Gorter. 

Gayland is survived by three sons, Shane (Dona) Nelson of Dixon, Scott "Scooter" (Chasity) Nelson of Chana, Jeremy (Beth) Nelson of Byron, one grandson Shane "Beaner" Nelson. Gayland is also survived by his girlfriend Melody Reed of Grand Detour and one nephew Chuck Nelson.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday Aug. 25, 2020 at 10 a.m. in the Jones Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Grand Detour Cemetery. Visitation was held on Monday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home and on Tuesday from 9-10 a.m. Face coverings required for visitation and services. A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society. 

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