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Stephen Kail “Butch” Nelson

Stephen Kail “Butch” Nelson, age 65 of Delano, died Saturday, March 4, 2006 at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

He was born April 29, 1940 in Hibbing, and grew up on the Iron Range with his parents and siblings, Pat, Pete, Jayne, and Jim. He graduated from Nashwauk High School in 1957.

Steve married the love of his life, Sandra Greenfield, in June of 1962.

He graduated from St. John’s University in 1964, and immediately went to work as vice president of Fingerhut Corporation. In November 1975, Steve, Sandi, and their three children bought the Phillips 66 and moved to Delano, where Steve spent 27 years working side-by-side with his wife and children at the Quik Shop.

Upon selling the Quik Shop in November 2002, Steve was employed at Delano Dodge.

He was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a very rare and aggressive type of brain tumor, Feb. 14. From that day forth, he spent every day with his family, whom he loved very much.

Steve was a lover of life. He enjoyed traveling in the motor home, and made yearly fishing trips to Canada with friends. Family gatherings, huge bonfires, Fourth of July fireworks, teaching the boys to drive his tractor, reading, and storytelling were among Steve’s favorite pasttimes. He especially enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, and nine grandchildren.

He was known by all for his outgoing personality, wise words, and kind and gentle heart.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Mary (Pecchia) Nelson.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Sandi; daughter Stacey Johnson and her children, Julia and Mitchell; son Scott Nelson (wife Carol) and their children, Callie, Sawyer, and Spencer; and daughter Stephanie Russek (husband Eric) and their children, Wyatt, Walker, Weston, and Wynn Mary.

He is further survived by siblings Pat and Jim Jorissen, Pete Nelson, Jayne and Tom Saccoman, and Jim and Jean Nelson.

Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, March 7 at the St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano with the Rev. Michael Miller officiating. Interment was in the Calvary Cemetery.

Casket bearers were Jim Jorissen, Pete Nelson, Tom Saccoman, Jim Nelson, Jerry Helmbrecht, and Jim Shelton.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

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