Brian A. Nelson, 41, Latimer, died June 12, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. A memorial service was held June 17 at Ewing Funeral Home, Belmond.
Brian Allen was born Sept. 15, 1977 in Belmond to Gregory and Dixie (Trampel) Nelson. He was raised in Klemme and graduated from Belmond-Klemme High School in 1996. During his senior year he attended the World Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, graduating in March 1996.
Brian was united in marriage to Elisa Lonnevik, and they were blessed with sons Lane and Drew. They made their home in Meservey, and later in Latimer. The couple later divorced.
Brian was united in marriage to Mary Heldenbrand on June 24, 2017 and welcomed Mary’s three daughters, Samantha, Alex and Erin into his family.
Brian was known for his strong work ethic. He drove truck and school bus, and bought and sold horses. Later, he owned Latimer Auction and Latimer Meats. He also worked for his ex-father-in-law, Dan Lonnevik, on the farm.
Brian was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting and fishing, especially with his sons. They recently went on a wild boar hunt in Texas.
Brian was diagnosed with liver failure in May 2015, and received a donor transplant in Iowa City on Feb. 28, 2016. The family suggests memorials be made in Brian’s memory to the Iowa Donor Network.
Brian will be lovingly remembered for his kind heart, sense of humor, and his blunt, direct way of speaking his mind.
Brian was preceded in death by his father Gregory; and his grandparents Clarence Trampel, Don Nelson and Ann Nelson.
Brian is survived by his wife Mary of Latimer and their children Lane Nelson and Drew Nelson of Winterset, Samantha “Bo” Heldenbrand of Latimer, Alex (Josh Miller) Heldenbrand of Clear Lake, and Erin Heldenbrand of Latimer; his mother Dixie (Larry) Treinen of Klemme; sister Amy (Eric) Olson and daughters Ella and Emma of Andover, MN; grandmother Ruth Trampel of Klemme; brother Brad (Lindsey) Nelson and sons Cash and Cade of Dumont; and step-sisters Alyssa (Robert) Maske and children Hannah, Thomas and Olivia of Pocahontas, and Sarah Treinen of Pomeroy.