| January/February 1999

S. NELSON of Chisago City, Minnesota, passed away September 7, 1998 at the age of 80.

Gordy grew up in Mayer, Minnesota, and worked at various farms in and around the area. In the 1930s with the help of the NYA, he attended Dun-woody Institute and received training as a machinist.

During World War II Gordy worked for Lockheed Aircraft in California to help with the war effort. After returning to Minnesota, he worked as a machinist for various companies including Comet Scooter Company, until getting a job at Honeywell. He worked for Honeywell as a tool and die maker for 21 years and was involved in making items used by NASA in the space program.

In 1965, Gordy started Gor-Nel-Co, turning his hobby of collecting engines into making parts for old engines and tractors. It developed into a mail order business sending parts all over the U. S., Canada, England, and Australia, and was one of the first in the business. He discontinued the business in 1982, but still found time to help collectors.

Gordy enjoyed going to many auctions and engine shows over the years and made many wonderful friends. He will be very missed by Irmgard, his wife of 55 years, daughter Janice Olesen, son Glen Nelson, grandchildren Heidi Pip-ken and Jay Johnson, and his many engine show friends.

Submitted by his friend Ken Dawson, Shoreview, Minnesota.


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