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Curtis Ernest Nelson Hadley, MN

January 12, 2013

Funeral Services for Curtis Nelson, age 77, of Hadley, MN, will be held today, Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at the First Presbyterian Church, Wilmont MN
  Funeral Services for Curtis Nelson, age 77, of Hadley, MN, will be held today, Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at the First Presbyterian Church, Wilmont MN, at 10:30 p.m. with Rev. Keith Gallagher officiating. Burial will be in the Sunset Rest Cemetery rural Rushmore, MN. Curtis died Saturday, January 5, 2013.

Curtis was born on May 31, 1935 on the family farm near Hadley, Minnesota to Albert and Elizabeth Kuehl Nelson.  He grew up on the family farm and attended Country School District #115 and later Slayton High School.  Following school Curtis worked as a hired man in the Hadley area.  In March 1954 Curtis enlisted in the United States Air Force.  He acquired his GED during this time.  On August 28, 1955 he married Norma Lawrence.  Following their marriage they made their home on the Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, South Carolina.  Following Curtis honorable discharge in November 1957 they returned to Minnesota and farmed with Norma’s parents.  In 1959 they rented a farm north of Wilmont and farmed until 1971 when they sold the farm and moved to Wilmont.  Curtis then began trucking for Sather Cookie Company and eventually bought his own truck.  He retired in 1997.  Following his retirement he stayed busy doing summer trucking for Zinns of Lake Park, IA.   He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Wilmont for over 50 years serving as Trustee and Elder.  Curtis loved spending time with family especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He enjoyed shooting pool, hunting and fishing.   

Survivors include his wife Norma Nelson of Wilmont, MN, six children, Curtis Nelson of Sioux Falls, SD, Keeda Pfundt and her husband, Dale of Windom, MN, Steven Nelson of LaSalle, CO, Allen Nelson of Sibley, IA, Deanne Nelson von Wald of Owatonna, MN, and Daniel Nelson and Lora Swank of Wilmont, MN, eight grandchildren, Curtis and Nury, Mitchell, Carl, Abbi Jo and Eric, Brandon, Casey, Samuel, Melissa and Tyler and Emily, seven step-grandchildren, Jean, Jamie, Jed, John, Cole, Jade and Evan, 19 great-grandchildren, one brother, Eldon Nelson and his wife, Elvera of Hadley, MN, one sister, Betty Engelkes and her husband, Ernest of Slayton, MN, and one sister-in-law, Sadona Pearson of Shakopee, MN. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Lewis Nelson and one grandson, Zachariah Nelson.  

To send condolences visit totzkefuneralhome.com.  


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