Howard Delaine Nelson, age 88, of Mesa, AZ, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021.
Howard was born April 13, 1933, to Raymond and Alice (Engster) Nelson.
He grew up in Essex, IA and graduated from Essex High School. He obtained his degree from Augustana College in Illinois, and after attending North Park Theological Seminary, became the intern pastor of a small church in Brady, NE. He then went back to school at Brown Institute in Minneapolis to become a radio announcer.
Howard married Patricia Otis May 16, 1958, in Minneapolis. Early in their marriage they became interested in missions work and moved to Nome, AK to be among the founders of mission radio station KICY.
In 1963, after the birth of their first son, Mark, they moved back to Minnesota.
Howard continued work in radio and went back to school again to obtain his second undergraduate degree from Mankato State.
During this time, their second son, Brad, was born.
Howard moved his family to Cokato, where he became a speech clinician at Cokato Elementary School. He obtained his master’s degree from St. Cloud State and continued his speech therapy work for a number of years before ending his career working for a 10-school special education cooperative.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, softball, golfing, singing, and gardening, as well as helping in the summers at a family friend’s dairy farm.
He was part of a quartet for many years through college and in Minnesota.
He was very involved in church activities at Dassel Covenant Church, including serving as choir director.
In retirement, he engaged in wood working and created many beautiful items for his family and friends.
He is survived by his sons, Mark (Melissa) of Phoenix, AZ, and Brad of St. Louis Park, MN, as well as five grandchildren, Brittney, Kelsey, Benjamin, and twins Bella and Jett. He is also survived by two nieces and a nephew.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Pat; grandson, Andrew Nelson; his parents, and his sister, Evangeline Anderson.
A private interment took place at the Dassel Cemetery. A gathering of family and friends took place at the Dassel Covenant Church.