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Dale W. Nelson, 77

Dale Winton Nelson, age 77, formerly of Dassel, died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012.

He was born June 9, 1935, in Dassel, to Erick Henry and Audrey Norman Nelson.

Dale married Rosemarie Ross in 1955. They moved to Montana in 1963, and farmed south of Chester. They later divorced.

Dale loved hunting and fishing, but mostly just being outdoors. He loved his animals, and was never without his companions. Dale was never able to turn down a stray.

He is survived by his daughters, Stacy Nelson (Dale Firman), Darcy (Tim) Ackerman, and Melody (Rich) Phillips; grandchildren Celeste (Patrick) Knipping, Kiley (Justin) Langley, Colby Haugland, MacKenzie Phillips, Adam Phillips, and Andee Ackerman; great-grandchildren Leighton and Ingrid Knipping; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Erick and Audrey Nelson; sisters Evelyn Audrey Madson and Ruby Jean Carlsted; and a niece, Holly Thompson (Carlsted).

Private family services.