Eldon Einar Nelson, age 85, of Dassel, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
He was born March 14, 1923, at home on a farm south of Cokato, the son of Nels Gottfred and Mamie Devina (Nordberg) Nelson. He attended the district school for his education.
As a child, Eldon first spoke Swedish and learned English at school.
He was a faithful member of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel.
Eldon was united in marriage to Pauline Johnson Sept. 18, 1954, at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel. They made their home southwest of Dassel.
Together with his father and brother, Eldon owned and operated the family seed corn operation (Gottfred Nelson & Sons) until his father’s death, then continued to crop farm with his brother and later, his sons. He enjoyed farming and continued to love farming until the day he died.
In 1988, Eldon and Pauline moved into Dassel, where they have resided since.
He will greatly be missed by his family and the many friends that he has made over the years. A gentle, loving, and caring man, Eldon cared about those he came in contact with.
He loved to worship the Lord and enjoyed the fellowship time after the church service. He loved his family and enjoyed the time that they would all get together for holidays and special family events. His family fondly recalls being told about the special Christmas Eve in 1936, when he and his family first got electricity and the lights all came on in the house.
Eldon is survived by his wife, Pauline, of Dassel; children, Barbara (Rev. Bruce) Nordeen of Pittsburgh, PA, Gordy (Debbie) Nelson, John Nelson, all of Dassel, and Dan (Nancy) Nelson of Big Stone City, SD; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren, with one expected.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Karl; and sister Marian Grapentin.
The funeral service was Saturday, Nov. 22 at 1:30 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel with the Rev. Keith Carlson officiating. Interment was at the Dassel Cemetery.
Visitation was Friday, Nov. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and continued Saturday for one hour prior to the service at the church.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.