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BOZEMAN — On March 31, 1925, the Lord blessed Merl and Effie Nelson with a precious son, Lyndly Emanuel Nelson. Lyndly met his Lord and Savior on March 15, 2014. He died peacefully with his daughters by his side.

Lyndly was born in Flaxville. He was proud to have grown up and attended school on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Poplar. As a World War II Navy veteran, he served on the USS Wayne. His ship was involved in seven major battles in the Pacific. He was a graduate of Northern Montana College. On May 25, 1946, he married Betty Poling and they enjoyed a loving marriage for 56 years. He retired from a career in the insurance business. As a lifelong Presbyterian, he served for years as an usher/greeter. He was a Shriner and 50-plus-year member of the Masonic Lodge. Until recently, Lyndly thoroughly enjoyed 10 years as a volunteer at Fort Harrison Veterans Hospital. He and Betty enjoyed traveling and visiting family and friends. Lyndly loved the outdoors and was always ready for a drive to look the country over or simply to sit in the sun and watch the animals and birds. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer. His family was the most important part of his life. He always said he had, "the best family in the world!" Lyndly was kind, loving, cheerful and a devoted husband, father and grandpa.

His parents; brothers, Robert, Jack and Jimmy; and his beloved Betty preceded him in death. Lyndly is survived by his daughters, Penny Wastcoat (Tony), of Bozeman, and Nan Walter (Mitch), of Columbus; grandchildren, Jane Fitzwilliam (John), of Bozeman , Kate McDonough (Mike), of Bozeman, and David Walter, of Missoula; great-grandson "JJ" Fitzwilliam, born Feb. 19, 2014, met his Great-Grandpa on Feb. 21, 2014; sister-in-law Shirley Nelson, of Glasgow; step-grandchildren, Mike, Travis and Brad Walter and their children, John and Ty Wastcoat, and their children; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison, Helena, on March 20, at 11 a.m.

Memorials may be sent in Lyndly’s name to Shriner's Hospital for Children/Transportation Fund, c/o Algeria Shrine, 911 W. Fifth Ave., Spokane, WA 99204.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com

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