Monte A. Nelson

Born: Thu., Jul. 25, 1957
Died: Sat., May 12, 2018


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., May 16, 2018
Location: Shirley & Stout Funeral Homes & Crematory

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., May 17, 2018
Location: Shirley & Stout Funeral Homes & Crematory

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Monte A. Nelson, 60, Kokomo, passed away at 1:46 am Saturday May 12, 2018, at Community Howard Regional Health in Kokomo.  He was born July 25, 1957, in Howard County, the son of William H. and Helen (Eikenberry) Nelson.  On January 25, 1980, he married Gwynne DeWitt, who survives.

Monte was a 1976 graduate of Western High School.  After high school, he was employed at Ortman Drilling for 18 years. He was currently employed at Chrysler as a Pipefitter for ITP 1, where he was a member of Pipefitters Union #4460 and UAW Local #685. Monte loved drinking coffee, fishing, building, bird watching, mowing and tending to his yard, and NASCAR.  He also enjoyed going to the horse races, playing cards, horseshoes, and dice. Monte especially enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. 

Even after Monte’s passing, he is continuing to help others by being a donor. He also participated in a study to help others going through cancer treatment.

Along with his wife Gwynne, Monte is survived by his children, Shana and Tommy Caine, Jennifer Nelson, and Elly and Tony Bowling; grandchildren, Thomas Caine Jr., Parker Caine, Daelin Bowling, and Daizee Bowling, and grand-dog, Jack; and also his many friends, and his extended family at ITP 1.

Monte was preceded in death by his parents, William H. Nelson and Helen Jenkins; and his canine companion, Biff.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 West Lincoln Road, Kokomo, with Mickey Droke officiating.  Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery.  Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4-8 pm Wednesday at the funeral home; feel free to dress casually, it’s what Monte would have wanted.   

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Monte’s memory to the American Cancer Society.  Messages of condolence may be left online at

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Bruce Savage
   Posted Tue May 15, 2018
My deepest sympathies to Gwen and the family.

While I haven't seen Monte since High School, I consider all of my classmates as family. It's sad to see someone pass away this young. Monte was a good guy and will be missed.

Shellee/Brian Hamilton
   Posted Tue May 15, 2018
So sorry for your loss. My husband and I have worked with Monte for years. He was the most hard working and sincere man. Always smiling and had such an uplifting attitude. His smile was contagious. He will be sorely missed. Prayers for all the family.

roger gilvin
   Posted Tue May 15, 2018
To Montes family, My wife and I want to express our deepest Condolences to the Nelson Family. I haven't seen Monte since he was a little boy hanging out with my nephew Mickey Droke, I know Monte and Mickey were close friends. Again so sorry for Your loss. Roger and Sharon Gilvin.

Kelly Knowland
   Posted Wed May 16, 2018
My deepest sympathy for Monte's entire family. Like most, I've not seen Monte since high school, I think I saw him and Gwen at our 40th class reunion. Leaving this earth at 60 is not fair as most of us are beginning new chapters in our lives after years of hard work. I remember Monte quite well, had a number of classes with him in school and some of the things we did still make me laugh today. That's how I will remember him. To Gwen and the rest of the family, my sincere condolences.

A. Marie Casey, formerly of Marion
   Posted Thu May 17, 2018
There are few experiences more difficult than losing a loved one in death; no doubt Mr. Nelson will be sadly missed by all who knew him. May you find comfort in knowing death, sickness & sorrow were not God’s purpose for mankind and his purpose has not changed. His word is clear, “He will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces”. (Isaiah 25:8; Revelation 21:4)
Further, Jesus guaranteed the coming resurrection (John 5:21, 28, 29), he performed resurrections and was himself resurrected by his Father. All resurrections took place on earth, giving us a glimpse of what is to come.... seeing our loved ones again! (Acts 24:15)
Until his promises are fulfilled, may Jehovah God continue to bless & comfort you in the days ahead....