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Raleigh Gary Nelson, retired USPS mechanic, motorcyclist, father of four

Raleigh Gary Nelson, 67, passed away Nov. 1, 2018. Gary was born Dec. 8, 1950 in Warrenton, Va. He lived nearby, in Nokesville and Catlett, his entire life. 

He was a mechanic for the United States Postal Service for 33 years and retired in 2013.  He was a lifelong member of Nokesville Church of the Brethren and a motorcycle enthusiast who enjoyed fixing broken things.

Gary is survived by his wife of 37 years, Dianne and their children, Tiffany McCann and husband Nathan, Adam Nelson and fiancee Katlyn Douglas, Matthew Nelson and wife Megan, and Kelsey Southard and husband Daniel. He is also survived by his brothers, Larry Nelson and Walter Nelson and their families; as well as three grandsons, Jackson, Raleigh and Trevor Nelson. Gary was predeceased by his parents Raleigh Glick Nelson and Roberta Sadd Nelson Messamer.

Visitation will be held at Pierce Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 9609 Center Street, Manassas, VA 20110 on Monday Nov. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. A memorial service will be at Nokesville Church of the Brethren, 13002 Fitzwater Drive, Nokesville, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 11 a.m. with interment following.

In lieu of flowers, contributions would be welcomed to Brethren Volunteer Service, 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL 60120 or New Community Project, 117 Nature Road, Blue Ridge, VA 24064.

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