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Jeffrey Dean Nelsen

May 20, 1958 — January 29, 2023


Jeffrey Dean Nelsen

Jeff Nelsen, 64, of Traer, IA passed away after a series of cardiac events on Sunday, January 29, 2023 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, IA with his family by his side. A private family service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at Amity Presbyterian Church in rural Reinbeck. Visitation will be held from 5:00 - 7:00 pm, Friday, February 3, 2023 at Abels Funeral Home in Reinbeck. Abels Funeral Home of Reinbeck has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Jeff was born on May 20, 1958 at Grundy County Memorial Hospital in Grundy Center, IA. Jeff was the son of Dean Nelsen and Carol Nelsen. He attended Reinbeck Schools where he was involved in nearly every sport and qualified for the state wrestling tournament twice while in high school. Jeff held a variety of mechanical jobs before uniting in marriage to Irene Holzwarth on April 16, 1983. They made their home in the Cedar Rapids area where they welcomed two children: a daughter, Dakota Rae, and a son, Logan James. They later divorced.

Jeff was mechanically inclined and owned his own auto repair shop (Bowman Woods Service) in Cedar Rapids for a number of years. He later relocated to Traer and worked for John Deere in Waterloo for the last 15 years.

Jeff was always interested in cars, whether car racing or repair. He felt most at home working with his hands and tools on a project. Jeff also had a love for motorcycles and took many road trips with friends traveling to different concerts. Jeff had a quick wit, was always game for fun, and to lend a helping hand when needed. He will definitely be missed by his good friends Bud and Corey and his family.

Jeff is survived by his two children: Dakota of North Saint Paul, MN and Logan of Minneapolis, MN; his mother, Carol Nelsen, of Reinbeck, IA, and his siblings Deb (Dave) Hach of Morrison, IA, Gregg (Kim) Nelsen of Reinbeck, IA, and Gary (Danette) Nelsen of Cedar Rapids, IA. Additionally, his niece and nephews: Jesse (Lindsay) Hach of Cedar Falls, IA, Lexie Hach (Eric Neverman) of Grundy Center, IA, Mitchell Nelsen of Cedar Rapids, IA and Sydney Nelsen of Kansas City, MO.

Jeff was preceded in death by his father, Dean Nelsen.

The family wishes to thank the ICU staff at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, IA and the CCU staff at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, IA for the compassionate care provided to Jeff.

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Past Services


Friday, February 3, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Abels Funeral And Cremation Service - Reinbeck

409 Clark Street, Reinbeck, IA 50669

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Funeral Service

Saturday, February 4, 2023

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Central time)

Amity Church (Reinbeck, Iowa)


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