Bert A. Nelson Obituary – The Arizona Republic

BILLINGS, Montana — Bert was born on October 13, 1935 in Glasgow. He had a great childhood in the family business, “The Shannon Hotel”, where he spent his childhood with his best friend, his sister Nancy. After graduating from high school, Bert joined the military and was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas. After leaving the service, Bert attended the University of Montana, where he met his first wife Benita and graduated with a business degree. Bert loved the western Montana life, fishing, golfing, skiing and bridge. He was a master bridge player of life. In 1975, after many business ventures in Missoula, Bert moved his family to Billings and opened Western Pawnbrokers and later Billings Army-Navy Store. Bert has always been loved by everyone and has never been shy about meeting someone new. He never judged and always treated everyone with respect. In Billings he met the love of his life, Shelly Gordon. They spent many nights at Yellowstone Country Club and Arizona Country Club, played golf, played bridge, cooked and hung out with good friends. If there was a school for being a grown-up, Bert would be valedictorian. Bert’s witty sense of humor and integrity will be greatly missed. If there was a dry, no-frills punchline, Bert would nail it with a one-liner. Thank you to all the clients, friends and family who have been such a big part of her life and made her so wonderful. With Bert passing, the walleye can live quietly, some bridge players can finally win a game, and there will be more scotch for everyone. Bert’s memory lives on through his wife Shelly; his sister Nancy; his children Jill (deceased), Jennifer Nelson Lackman and Andrew B. Nelson, both of Billings; his many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. The Celebration of Life will take place at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2 at Hilands Golf Club, 714 Poly Drive. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Billings Boys and Girls Club. Condolences can be made at

Posted on July 20, 2022

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