The funeral for Leonard E. Nelson, of rural Morris, Minnesota will be held on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, with Minister Minette Stalheim Johnson officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Summit Cemetery, Morris, Minnesota.
Leonard E. Nelson, son of Chris and Rose (Henricksen) Nelson was born on October 18, 1923 in Pepperton Township near Alberta, Minnesota. He attended country school before graduating from Alberta High School in 1943. Leonard then entered the U.S. Navy serving his country during World War II. After being honorably discharged in 1946, he returned to Minnesota and resumed farming with his family. Leonard was united in marriage to Judith Johnson on July 11, 1952 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Norcross. The couple began farming in the Norcross/Herman, Minnesota area before purchasing a farm near Alberta, Minnesota in 1964. Leonard raised beef & dairy cattle along with other livestock. He also spent a few years doing custom harvesting and blowing snow for the Stevens County Hwy Dept. The couple retired from farming in the mid 1980's and continued to live on the farm until moving into Morris in 2006. In 2013 he became a resident at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck, Minnesota.
Leonard enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, playing cards and board games with family and friends. He served on the Pepperton Town Board & Alberta Wildlife Federation for many years. He will always be remembered for his practical jokes & mischievous sense of humor. Leonard was a devoted husband, father & grandfather.
Leonard died on Friday, December 18, 2015 at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck, Minnesota, having reached the age of 92 years old.
He is survived by his wife Judy Nelson, Starbuck, MN; one son, Herbert (Marleen) Nelson, Donnelly, MN; three daughters, Yolanda (Don) Anklam, Lebanon, Oregon, Kathleen (Wayne) Summer, Alexandria, MN and Faye (Larry) Burgess, Mabank, TX; one brother, Leslie (Selma) Nelson, Morris, MN; one sister, Carol Thorstad, Hoffman, MN; 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and four sisters.