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George A. Nelson

George A. Nelson, age 95, of Cokato, died Wednesday, March 12, 2008, at the Edgewood Gables in Cokato.

George, the son of Gust A. and Julia (Carlson) Nelson, was born Feb. 28, 1913, in Dassel Township, Meeker County. He grew up in Dassel and graduated from the Dassel High School in 1930.

After graduating from high school, George continued his education as an electrician at Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis, where he graduated in 1933, and eventually became a master electrician.

George was confirmed in 1926, in Dassel, and baptized at Belleville, Ill. in 1952. He was presently a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel.

George had been employed with Cargill Inc. as a grain elevator supervisor for numerous years and had worked in Minneapolis and Albany, N.Y.

He was united in marriage to Grayce Clasen July 7, 1940, in Forest City, Iowa. Together, they made their home in numerous cities across the country.

George moved back to Minnesota and settled in Cokato in 2001, and had resided at the Edgewood Gables since.

He enjoyed many activities with friends at Edgewood Gables and with the Dassel Senior Center. Golf was a sport he enjoyed often in the summer.

George was a beloved member of the Evangelical Covenant Church of Dassel since his youth. Recently, he received his 50-year membership pin from the Masons.

He will deeply be missed by his family and friends.

George is survived by his children, Gary Nelson (wife Karen) of Walnut Creek, Calif., Robert Nelson (wife Mary) of Minneapolis, and Debra Rougeau of Reno, Nev.; four grandchildren, Julie Nelson Hernandez of Oaxaca, Mexico, Stacy Nelson of Valencia, Calif., Robbert D. Nelson of Bloomington, and Mary Kristin Nelson of Minneapolis; and two great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his siblings, Emma Phillipe of Denver, Colo., Della Bengston of Golden Valley, and Ethel Wessman of Napa, Calif.

George was preceded in death by his wife, Grayce; and his parents, Gust and Julia Nelson.

A memorial service took place Saturday, March 15 at 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel with the Rev. Keith Carlson officiating. There was a time to gather for family and friends one hour prior to the service. The interment of the urn will take place in the spring.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.