Lyle L. Nelson, 85

Lyle Leonard Nelson, age 85, of Cokato, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at the Cokato Manor.

The funeral service will take place Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church in Cokato, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemtery in French Lake Township.

Memorials are preferred to the church or cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato; www.swansonpeterson.com.

Lyle was born March 27, 1928, in French Lake Township, to John and Ellen Nelson.

He graduated from Annandale High School.

After high school, he was drafted into the United States Army, where he served as a sergeant during the Korean War.

Following an honorable discharge, Lyle continued his education at William Hood Dunwoody Industrial Institute, and graduated in 1957. He began work as a machinist, and later owned Knapp Machine Shop.

Lyle was an avid and sometimes sucessful fisherman.

He was a member of the Kingston American Legion and Lantto’s store coffee clutch.

Lyle is survived by nieces and nephews, Chuck (Pat) Nelson of Paynesville, Carole Nelson of Burnsville, Carla (Brian) Knapp of Lakeville, Christopher (Maryann) Nelson of LeSueur, and Beverly (Steve) Masini of Olympia, WA; 11 great-nieces and nephews; 11 great-great nieces and nephews; sister-in-law Joyce Nelson; and special cousin Anne Tormanen.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ann; and brothers Bill, Walter, Harold, and Raymond.

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