Patricia Nelson

A funeral service for Patricia Nelson will be at 2 p.m. Monday, July 29, 2019, at the Redemption Church with Pastor Don Sullivan officiating; interment to will follow in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, July 28, 2019, at Walker Funeral Home.

Pat passed away July 23, 2019, at the age of 81, due to lung cancer at Close to Home Hospice House in Gillette, Wyoming.

Patricia Lee (Kuntz) Nelson was born March 6, 1938, in Yuma, Colorado, to Jesse and Nelli Mae (Ridgeway) Bennett.  After attending school in Yuma, she met and married Lawrence (Larry) Kuntz. They had four children together: Kim, Mark, Robin, and Greg.  They moved to Gillette on Jan. 1, 1968.

Pat spent most of her life caring for her children and working at the County Kitchen, Village Inn, and the Quality Dress Shop. Pat and Larry divorced in 1981 and she later married Don Nelson Sept. 24, 1983.  They spent a lot of their time traveling, sightseeing, buying a log home in Custer, South Dakota, and enjoying the company of family and friends.

After Don’s passing in 1996, Pat continued spending time with her friends playing Yahtzee and cards. She took many trips to Deadwood, where she had a knack for penny slots. Pat spent time in Montana visiting her daughter Kim, as well as supporting her grandchildren and great grandchildren by attending numerous birthday parties, school, and sporting events.

Pat had a personality that was infectious. She was the type of person who accepted you just the way you were. Pat loved having family get-togethers where she could joke around with you or cuddle a baby in her arms. She was very proud of her family and made sure you knew how much you were loved.

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Pat is survived by her children, Kim (Marty) Auch of Hamilton, Montana; Mark (April) Kuntz of Gillette, Wyoming; Robin (Christy) Kuntz of Gillette, Wyoming; Greg (Rikki) Kuntz of Gillette, Wyoming; 13 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, six siblings, and husband, Don.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit Close to Home Hospice House in Gillette.

Memorials and condolences may be sent in Pat’s name in care of Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolence may also be expressed at

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