Bruce Wayne Nelson

Bruce W. Nelson, 73, Driscoll, passed away on Sunday, October 2, 2022, at CHI St. Alexius Hospital.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 10, 2022 at Grace Lutheran Church, Driscoll. This service will be live streamed on this website.

Visitation will be on Sunday, October 9, 2022 from 3-5 p.m. in Steele at the Eastgate Chapel.  Prayer service to follow, starting at 5:00 p.m.

Bruce was born on June 9, 1949, in Bismarck to Gerald DuWayne and MaryAnn (Stein) Nelson.  He was raised in Driscoll and graduated from Driscoll High School in 1967. Following graduation, he worked in construction until he went on to own and operate the OK Bar.  On July 31, 1973, he married Joyce Taszarek. Bruce started ranching near Driscoll in the mid 1970’s and continued to do so until his retirement in 2009. He and Joyce raised their four children there.  

Fishing was a passion for Bruce.  Whether it was in a boat or on the ice, he found it exciting and peaceful. He and his son Ryan shared that love and would often fish together and invite other friends and family to join them.  Bruce also had a competitive spirit, whether it was placing fun bets during fishing, a pinochle game or a game of pool. He always enjoyed friendly competition with others!

He cherished the time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Joyce; daughter, Amy Nelson, Indianapolis, IN; son, Ryan (Nicole Brubaker), Bismarck; twin daughters, Shanna (Clay) Nagel, Bismarck and Kyla (Paul) Gienger, West Fargo; five grandchildren, Devin Stroh, Aliyah Nagel, Seth Nagel, Callie Gienger and Lucas Whitehorn; sister, Cheryl (Clayton) Martin, Steele; brother, Terry (Sue) Nelson, Driscoll; half-brother, Olaf (Barb) Quale, Wing and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and aunts.

He was preceded in death by his parents and step-father, Lloyd Quale.


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