Funeral services for Raymond Andrew Nelson, age 87, of Milaca, took place Thursday, July 10 at 11 a.m. at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Milaca. Ray died Saturday, July 5, 2014, at his home.
He was born Dec. 11, 1926, in Hollywood Township, to Tim and Sarah (Johnson) Nelson, their only child.
Ray attended school until eighth grade at Hollywood Township School. After graduating from grade school in seven years, he continued farming with his father, Tim.
Ray was united in marriage to Janola Borchart (Lange) of Watertown, Nov. 26, 1967, at Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Winsted. In 1986, the couple moved to Milaca.
Ray worked as a dairy farmer on the farm that his grandpa Andrew Nelson homesteaded sometime in the late 1800s. He also worked for 21 years at Mille Lacs Soil and Service Association in agronomy, delivery of ammonia, handling equipment, and advisory capacity.
Ray was very involved in church and community affairs. He served at some capacity on about as many boards of directors as there were organizations.
His hobbies included league bowling, latch hook rugs, and family board games. Ray enjoyed going to threshing shows and/or antique tractor shows. His favorite color was red and favorite music was country gospel.
Ray will be remembered for his love of farming, his love of history, his intelligence, his work ethic, his willingness to serve others, and his absolute love and devotion to his God, his wife, and his family.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Janola; one son, Russ Lange of Delano; three daughters, Bonnie (Ronnie) Strei of Young America, Carol (Perry) Dragt of Litchfield, and Judy (Keith) Rademacher of Hutchinson; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and many cousins.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents.
The Rev. Harvey Johnson officiated at the funeral services. Interment was at Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery near Foreston.
There was visitation Wednesday, July 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, and also one hour prior to services.
Arrangements were handled by the Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home in Milaca.