Timothy Nelson, 41, passed away June 12, 2004, in Pueblo, Colorado. Survived by his daughter, Kayleigh Nelson of Pueblo; parents, Gretta and Roger Nelson of Buffalo, Minnesota; grandmother, Dorothy Hansen of Annandale, Minnesota; sisters, Kimberly Weatherby of Orlando, Fla, Carrie Nelson of Moorhead, Minnesota, Chassidy Nelson and Michelle Nelson, both of Buffalo, Minnesota; brothers, Todd Nelson and Nolan Nelson, both of Bagley, Minnesota; and fiancé, Christi Lightcap of Pueblo. Tim was born October 9, 1962, in Buffalo, Minnesota He had three loves of his life: family, friends and flying. He proudly served his country six years in the U.S. Army and worked at Wagner Equipment. He lived life to the fullest and will be missed by so many of us every single day. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2004, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel, 1317 N. Main Street, Pueblo, Colorado, with The Reverend Suzanne L. D'Spain officiating. Military Honors by the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team. Those who desire may make memorials to Dream Weavers of Pueblo, C/O Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. i just got the bad news today from my niece and its taken me this long to come and say how sorry i am for your lose after moving out west a mounth ago iwas going look him up and sled down and say hi my hart is with you

  2. i just got the bad news today from my niece and its taken me this long to come and say how sorry i am for your lose after moving out west a mounth ago iwas going look him up and sled down and say hi my hart is with you

  3. Roger, Gretta and Family- We knew your family many years ago and have spoken of you often. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Forever Friends,
    Barb Miller, Deb Campbell (Miller), David, Barry, Jim and Mike Miller, Georgia Osmundson (Miller) and Families

  4. I am so sorry for your loss, I have not seen Tim in many years, but I do remember his Great Danes and his love for adventure!

  5. Gretta and Roger
    May god rest your son in his arms and gently caress his new wings to life. May he also comfort you and yours during this time of great despare. I will keep Tim and your family in our prayers.

  6. I’m sorry to read this. Sorry Tim’s gone. My condolences to you; Gretta and Roger. And especially you Kim. Take care.
    Paul Kaiser,(Colorado Springs, Co. now! But always a fellow Minnesota’n and Bagley person.

  7. I met Tim for only one day, but he left a lasting impression. I was taking flying lessons, and got to tag along on a winter trip to pick up his “new” plane in Utah. I fly poorly, but grew up with a dad who loved planes, and with books about miracle pilots, by writers like Nevil Shute. Writings about the heroism of WW1, young men going into battle in wood and canvas planes with 7 hours of flying time, and coming back home. Tim seemed to me to be from that time: when you either worked miracles in the air or you didn’t fly. That day he flew an unfamiliar plane home in a storm with only his GPS, rather like the heroes I’d read about. If ever I thought that those men were made up by their authors, could never be real, Tim dispelled that idea. He was so real , with passion for what he did, and a love of life and flying beyond what many reach. Most people live longer without living as much. Thank you Tim. I am so sad for those who loved you, there aren’t many like you.

  8. My first meeting with Tim was memoriable. He drove in to the gas station in Bagley, MN on a Harley pulling a cart full of BIG dogs. I thought he looked pretty scarey, but he jumped off that bike and smiled and said “Hi”. He was always friendly and treated me like family from the start. He will be missed by us all.
    Paschal Nelson

  9. Saturday June 12, 2004 my wonderful, carefree, fun loving and wild brother Tim’s plane crashed just after he took off. It broke my heart when my Dad called to tell me that he was gone. Gone he said, but how could Timmy be gone.
    He was wild and crazy but full of life and the love of it. Timmy will never be gone… he just can’t be.
    He always said he would go down in a ball of flames and on June 12th, 2004 he did just that. I should have known he would be right. Leaving us – doing something he loved.
    I know that I am a better person just for having known him. And I thank God for giving all of us the time we had with him. He was a wonderful Big Brother and he will always be in my heart.
    I will always look to the skies for you Tim.
    Peace
    Your lil Sister
    Carrie

  10. Our thoughts & prayers are of the Nelson family. Greg & I both graduated from high school with Tim. He was always happy & always a smile on his face!

  11. “Carpe Deim” never even came close to Tim’s grasp of life. He seized each day and choked every last ounce out of it! He didn’t teach me about life, he taught me to Live it.
    Having known Tim and calling him my friend make me a VERY luck man.
    I’ll miss you friend.
    To Tim’s family;Know that your loss is shared by many who’s lives are fuller for having known you and yours.

  12. We’re sorry to hear about Tim. He was a good friend and flight student. We will miss him. He is in our prayers.

    Brian and Jan Baker

  13. To all who loved Tim, I send my deepest sympathy. Joe and I are so disappointed that we weren’t able to come to pay our respects. Tim was so full of life and will be truly missed but never forgotten. Kayleigh I hope you continue to feel his presence as you go through life. He loved you so much and will always be watching over you. Remember that we love you too.

  14. Roger & Gretta-
    With such a great loss, please know that we are praying for you daily. Yesterday in the ranch staff meeting, Dylan prayed for you all, brought me to tears, again. If there is anything we can do, please, please, please let us know. Roger, I have never forgotten you driving dad and I to my house to tell Jess about Tutor. I know your presence alone was a great comfort to my dad as well as myself. Let us return the support and comfort in any way we can.
    God bless you guys.
    Jess & Jill and family

  15. The sun begins it’s glowing rise as the light signals the morn,
    The birds begin a lullabye as the new day is born.

    God looks down and smiles a bit to see what he has done.
    Today’s a very special day, for a very special one.

    The day was not too old as such when He reached from above.
    Reached down to you with gentle hands and gave out a touch of love.

    He said “Today’s a very special day, for a very special one.”,
    And as you rose to meet the Lord, He said “My precious son.”.

    We miss you now, it’s hard to see how all this could be fair.
    But if you were here, you’d tell us all, you’re very happy there.

    -Berta Nelson

  16. Roger, Gretta and family,
    There really are no words….
    My deepest sympathy to each of you. I wish I could be there. I love you guys!! You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  17. To Tim’s family,

    I was deeply saddened to hear the news, I have not been in touch with him for a long time, but I remember Tim as always having fun and having a great outlook on life. He was one of the first people I remember making friends with way back in grade school in Minerva Minnesota.

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time and in the days ahead.

    Dale Newland

  18. To the family: My condolences. (Tim Nelson did you proud.)

    To a friend that remains: My deepest sympathy. (I am so sorry. I know you have lost more than anyone will ever know, and more than words can ever tell. And I am sorry. I am so very sorry.)

    To the friend departed. You will be missed my friend. And you are missed now.

    I don’t know many among you, nor you I. And I have no answers for you, save one. Tim was my friend. Tim is my friend.

    For those who understand such as this, no explanation is necessary. For those who don’t no explanation is possible. In the end it seems that Tim was just being Tim. True to him self till the end. And I suspect it is by way of that alone, that we gather now, and that we call him friend. Still even in more perfect worlds, one must ask the question; What could be better? If a man can not be himself, who can he be?

    Alternately; Have you ever seen two people search for so long? Have you ever seen people so deserving of happiness? Have you ever seen two people so happy and content and comfortable with each the other that they couldn’t hide it? I have! I have seen it! Seen it Once!

    As for the rest? Well………what can I say, except……Tim?? If you’re out there buddy! I just want you to know that if you think that crash was bad, or that a dirt nap is going to save you, you are sorely mistaken!! YOU JUST WAIT TILL WE CATCH UP WITH YOU!! YOU HAVE SOME TALL EXPLAINING TO DO MY FRIEND!! Just thought I should let you know.

    And Tim. God Speed!

    Your friend.
    Conger

  19. I only had the pleasure to meet and chat with Tim once. This meeting was a true pleasure. He is so full of life, so happy and such a pleasant person. I am blessed to have had this opportunity. Please keep his smile and his memory close to your hearts!!!

  20. I meet Tim through Chris.And for the little time i did know him,he brought so much love and happiness to her life. I could only imagine what he has given to his family and friends.I am so sorry for your loss.

  21. I meet Tim through Chris.And for the little time i did know him,he brought so much love and happiness to her life. I could only imagine what he has given to his family and friends.I am so sorry for your loss.

  22. Roger & Gretta:

    We just heard yesterday of this heartbreak. Our hearts are linked with yours in sorrow for the loss of your son. Many, many, prayers are being offered for you and your whole family as you face life’s most difficult blow. May your family find warmth together as you gather to mourn this most precious person.

    God bless you and keep you.

    With love and prayers,

    Mitch and Carol Shegrud

  23. Walking with you in prayer as you work through all the details as well as the grief.
    We remember a zestful grade school boy in Buffalo.

  24. Tim loved to fly….he took after his dad that way. He did live life to the fullest, and everything was a challenge to him. And he conquered the challenge. Tim, we love you and will miss you very much. God bless you on your “last flight.

  25. Tim’s contributions to the Nelson family will never be forgotten. It was obvious that he so enjoyed his work as a pilot and, through many people involved in the airline industry, it was obvious Tim put everything he had into flying his planes. Tim will be sorely missed not only by his family, but by the many friends he had.

    Grandma Hansen

  26. Tim was such an amazing person. As kids we would spend a lot of time together and Tim was always doing things “on the edge.” He lived life to the fullest and, obviously enjoyed life to the fullest as well. Although he has taken his “final flight,” he will never be forgotten.

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