March 3, 1940 – October 7, 2019

Gordie, a 75-year resident of Colorado passed away October 7, 2019. He was the son of “Red” and Daphne Nelson and a brother to Robert Nelson, all preceding him in death.

Gordie, in his younger years, rode saddle broncs and bareback broncs in PRCA Rodeo Events. He was a PRCA Gold Card member and attended the PRCA National Finals and the Cowboy Reunions yearly.

Gordon was a telecommunications technician starting with Ma Bell and retiring from Lucent.

Gordon is survived by his wife and love of his life, Susan Mier. He is also survived by his children from a previous marriage, Shane Nelson and Debra Nelson Smith.

Private services are planned for Gordie in the spring of 2020.

Please make donations in Gordie’s name to:

Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy

101 Pro Rodeo Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80919


The Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund

101 Pro Rodeo Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Gordie is pictured with his lifelong and dearest friends. Gordie, Charley Lyons, Jim “Fuzzy” Fieselman, and John Long.

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  1. Gordie was also a PRCA judge. He enjoyed judging in his retirement years.

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