Clarence LeRoy Nelson, age 80, of St. Cloud, formerly of the Cokato area, died Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud.
He was born Sept. 21, 1931, in Minneapolis, the son of Nels and Florence (Kath) Nelson.
As a young child, his family moved to the Red River Valley and lived near Tenney, MN, where Clarence grew up and attended country school for his education. Clarence later attended the Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis for a few years.
He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith, and was presently attending the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud.
Clarence was inducted into the United States Army Feb. 28, 1952, and served his country during the Korean Conflict. He was discharged in 1954.
He was employed by Onan Corporation in Fridley, where he tested prototypes of new products.
Clarence was united in marriage to Patricia Jane Kallstrom Jan. 16, 1971, at the First Baptist Church in Cokato. They made their home in Cokato until 1981, when they moved to Plymouth. They then moved to Lake Mary, near Winsted, and after several year, they moved to Clearwater. In 2004, they moved to St. Cloud, where they have resided since.
Clarence enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a talented woodworker, and enjoyed refinishing furniture, going to auctions, and watching the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. He enjoyed traveling and they would often jump in their RV, having traveled to Door County, WI, Branson, MO, as well as spending several winters in Texas.
Clarence is survived by his wife, Patricia Nelson of St. Cloud; children Terry (Shelly) Nelson of Plymouth, and Cindy (Walter) Hansen of Dassel; step-children Debbie (Tom) Nelson of Dassel, Laurie Larson of Fridley, and Julie (Bill) Hill of Flaxton, ND; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and sisters, Lois (Gale) Fjelde of Rosemount, Carol Nelson, and Janice (Gerald) Bapp, all of Dassel.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Kevin Hansen; his parents; and two brothers, Vernon and Robert Nelson.
A funeral service took place Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Saint Cloud with the Rev. Dee Pederson officiating. Interment was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Camp Ripley, Little Falls.
There was visitation one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.