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April 20, 2003 7:04 pm

Thomas E. Nelson, Sr.

Written by Tribune Staff

(Aug. 17, 1947 - April 19, 2003)

Memorial services are tentatively scheduled Saturday, April 19 at 2 p.m. at Beck Lake Park in Cody for Thomas E. Nelson, Sr., 55, who died at his Cody home Sunday, April 13.

He was born Aug. 17, 1947, in Traverse City, Mich., to Walter T. Nelson Jr. and Helen Marie (Bright) Nelson. He moved to Cody in 1980.

On June 12, 1988, he married Marie Guss in Sunlight Basin.

At the time of his death, he was assistant manager/gunsmith at Rocky Mountain Sports in Cody. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trap shooting and following NASCAR racing. He was a member of the Sage Creek Trap Club, the Cody Shooting Compex and the NRA.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Guss-Nelson of the family home; his parents of Traverse City, Mich.; sons Thomas E. Nelson, Jr. and James Gregory Nelson; stepson Erik M. Guss; stepdaughters Andrea L. Guss and Kirsten A. Guss; a brother, Rick Nelson; and a sister, Deb Steffes.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the family for later designation. Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.