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“So sorry to hear of your loss Barb,  my prayers and thoughts are with you.Jeff ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: Jeffery Herron - Yankton, SD

“Aunt Margie, Steve, Barb, and Wayne: My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. I recall the memories of the family visits to LaCrosse, and the...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Sheila Wardell - Avoca, WI

“Thinking of you in your sorrow,And hoping our thoughts and prayersmay be of comfort to you now.  Our Condolences to the family of Howard Nelson. ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Janelle & Patrick Kribell - Irene, SD

“My thoughts and prayers are with you in this hard time.  My grandma passed away and I know how hard it is to love someone so much and to let...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Amanda Bult - Tyndall, SD

“Our deepest sympathy.  Sorry we cannotbe there for the services.  We'll see you in the spring.LuDean & Rita ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: LuDean & Rita Bruer - Waco,, TX

“My sympathy to your family on the loss of your husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.  I haven't seen you for several years, but I...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Geri (Anderson) Coyne - Wahpeton, ND

“Dear Steve and family, I was sorry to learn about your Dad's death and wish to offer you my sympathy and assure you of my prayers during this very...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: ALLEN ANDERSON - DONNELLY, MN

“Howard, who will be sadly missed, was my favorite Brother-in law. He was a wonderful guy with a great sense of humor who taught me, as a young lad,...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: George Kleinhaus - La Crosse, WI

“When I married my husband George I never expected all the rewards I have received.  One of the most precious rewards was Howie and Marge. We...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Judith Kleinhaus - La Crosse, WI

“Marge, Steve, Barb,Wayne and families:So sorry to hear of your loss.  I do have alot of childhood memories at your house.  What we didn't...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Sheila Schulz - Morris

“Marge, Steve, Barb, & Wayne,You are all in our thoughts & prayers.  Howard was a special uncle and will be missed.  Cherish all the...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Karen Moser - Morris, MN

Howard L. Nelson, son of Chris and Rose (Henriksen) Nelson, was born July 23, 1927 near Donnelly, Minnesota, where he grew up on the family farm. He attended country school and worked at home on the farm, until he was drafted into the United States Army on January 25, 1951. Howard began his training at Camp McCoy near Sparta, WI and then went on to Albuquerque, NM, where he worked with the Atomic Energy Commission during the Korean War. Howard later transferred to LaCrosse, WI, where he continued serving as an MP (military police). On September 20, 1952, he was united in marriage to Margaret “Marge” Kleinhaus. Following their marriage, the couple moved to North Carolina, where Howard finished his service in the army at Ft. Bragg. On January 24, 1953, he received an honorable discharge with a superior rating. Following his discharge, the couple moved to Morris, where Howard worked doing custom baling. After a short time, they moved to a farm in rural Stevens County, where they were blessed with three children: Steven, Barbara and Wayne. Howard then moved his family to a farm near Herman, MN, where they only stayed for a short time and then moved to a farm near Eagle Bend, MN, where Howard continued to farm. In 1963, the family moved near Hoffman, MN, where they lived on Elk Lake and Howard worked construction as a union carpenter. In 1971, Howard and his family moved to a farm 5 miles east of Barrett, where he milked dairy cattle and farmed. Howard and Marge continued to live on the farm near Barrett until the time of Howard’s death.


Howard enjoyed many things during his 81 years, the most of which was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandson, who referred to him as “Papa”. Howard enjoyed farming, hunting, snowmobiling and training his border collies to herd cattle. Howard was blessed to have family near him and spend time with him. Howard’s most recent joy was the birth of his great-grandson, Maxwell Patrick Nelson. Howard and Marge would see Max frequently and would even baby sit. Howard loved to have his “little side kick, Shorty” by his side. Howard would take Max for rides on the golf cart during the summer and in the winter months they would sit and read all of Max’s favorite books together. Howard prided himself on his family, he was proud of his three children, his two grandchildren and his great-grandson. He was proud of all of their accomplishments. “You start and end with family.” Author unknown.


Howard died on Monday, February 2, 2009 at the Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria, MN, having lived to reach the age of 81 years. Howard had been battling cancer for the past 10 years.


He is survived by his wife: Marge Nelson of Barrett; children: Steven (Sue) Nelson of Donnelly, Barbara (Dennis) Michels of Yankton, SD and Wayne Nelson of Barrett; grandchildren: Ryan Tacke and Amber (Patrick) Nelson; great-grandson: Maxwell Nelson; step-grandchildren: Joshua Michels, Emily Michels, Richard (Kathy) McLaughlin, Michael (Jennifer) McLaughlin, Tom McLaughlin, Brian (Ann) Erdahl, Josh Erdahl and Aaron (Kayla) Erdahl; brothers: Leslie (Selma) Nelson of Alberta, Leonard (Judy) Nelson of Morris and Paul (Arline) Nelson of Donnelly and sisters: Harriet Anderson of Morris and Carol (Maynard) Thorstad of Hoffman. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: infant Glenn Nelson, Merton Nelson and Raymond Nelson and sisters: Gladys Madison, Irene Thorstad and Fern Bruer.


Pallbearers for the service are: Royal Lawson, Wayne DeClercq, Warren Karlstad, Norman Gulbrandson, Steve Staples and Wendell England. Honorary pallbearers are all who called him friend. Bonnie Gulbrandson will serve as organist for the service with Ken Hodgson serving as soloist. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.

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