George Gunnar Nygren
Date of Birth
January 29, 1945
Denver, Colorado
Entered into Rest
May 28, 2022
Ashland, Nebraska
Funeral Service Directions

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 ~ 10:00 a.m.
Zion Lutheran Church ~ Ithaca, Nebraska
Interment at Alma Lutheran Cemetery – Mead, Nebraska
Military Honors by the U.S. National Guard

Visitation Directions

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 ~ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Marcy Mortuary ~ Ashland, Nebraska


Saunders County Historical Society or Zion Lutheran Church

George Gunnar Nygren, age 77, of Ashland, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 28th at his home. George was born January 29, 1945, in Denver, Colorado to Carl and Christine (Ferguson) Nygren. George grew up in the Mead and Ashland area and graduated from Mead High School in 1963. In 1974 he married Judy Ann Miller, daughter of Lloyd and Marie Miller at Zion Lutheran Church of Ithaca.

George was an avid collector whose passion ranged from plows to rocks to wooden boxes. In addition, he was a talented fabricator and artist who could craft most anything from metal or wood. This led him to a long career selling toy tractors at farm toy shows and making toy parts that were shipped across the country. In addition, George farmed for many years around Ashland and Ithaca. An avid tree planter, the thousands of trees that he planted on the family farm will stand as a testament to his passion for years to come. George also served in the National Guard from 1965 to 1971.

George was very proud of his kids and grandkids and loved to spend time telling them stories of years gone by.

George was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Christine Nygren and his brother Bill Nygren. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Judy; his children J.Marie (Matt) Hansen, George (Megan) Nygren, and Aaron (Kathryn) Nygren; his grandchildren Grace, Hope, Anne, Henry, Evie and Eli; and brother John.

Condolences for George Gunnar Nygren
  1. Pat(Long) Gillett
    • May 30, 2022 - 4 months ago

    So sorry to hear of your loss. He is now out of pain and might be making his tractors for the LORD. Rest in peace George. See you in heaven someday.

  2. Amir Zaidi
    • May 30, 2022 - 4 months ago

    Please accept my/our deepest condolences for your loss
    Loving thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family

  3. Clara Lawver
    • May 30, 2022 - 4 months ago

    Judy – you have my heartfelt sympathy. We had shared so many, many conversations and stories at toy shows and other events over the years. Always enjoyed talking with the two of you. My prayers go out now to you and your family.

  4. Dan & Sandy O'Connor
    • May 31, 2022 - 4 months ago

    I was honored to know George and to spend time with him. We will miss him in our lives.

  5. john courtright
    • June 2, 2022 - 4 months ago

    I knew your dad since 1977 & that fist ntfs.. But while attending unl, I spent a fair amount of time at your house talking toys. I once took several tractors he was repainting back to the university wood shop to try bead blasting for him to compare how long it took. Liked him & appreciate him showing a collector from NM the ropes.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.