Bertil “Bert” Nelson, of Troy Idaho, died Monday, April 3, 2023, surrounded by family, at Hill House Memory care in Moscow. He was 87.
Bert was born in Troy, on April 15, 1935 to Bert and Lillian (Smith) Nelson. He was raised on the Nelson farm, attended school and graduated from Troy High School in 1954.
After graduation Bert worked for the lumberyard in Troy, and the Latah County Highway District. On August 5, 1955, Bert married Delores Shaw. They soon moved to Coeur d’Alene where Bert joined his brother-in-law at the saw shop. Later he opened Kootenai Saw & Cycle, which he owned and operated for nearly 20 years. They moved back to Troy in 1977 to farm with his brother, Jack.
Bert enjoyed riding motorcycles and snowmobiles, and spending time at his cabin north of Bonners Ferry. He loved animals, trees and nature. It was rewarding to him when serving the Lord through his church and various ways. He followed his dad’s footsteps as Fire Commissioner of the Troy Fire Department, passing it on to his son, Jeff. Bert loved spending time with friends, family and especially his great grandchildren.
Bert was preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Lillian, and siblings Jim, Dan and Ida Kristine.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, brother Jack of Troy, daughter Konnie (Malcolm) of Liberty Lake, son Ken (Michelle) of Hayden Lake, son Jeff (Tawny) of Troy, 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Bert will be laid to rest at Burnt Ridge Cemetery near Troy. Viewing at Shorts Funeral Chapel is Tuesday, April 11, from 12 to 6 p.m. On Wednesday April 12, and a memorial service at 12:00 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church in Moscow.