Obituary for Orville Nelson

Orville Nelson, age 90 of Webster, passed away in Northfield on Thursday afternoon, November 9, 2017. Orville Sherman Nelson was born August 31, 1927, in Hutchinson, Minnesota, to Arthur S. and Christine (Tange) Nelson. He was baptized and confirmed at Main Street Lutheran Church (now Faith Lutheran Church), and graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1945. He attended Hamline University for two years. Orville was drafted into the Army in October 1950 and served in Colorado Springs before being sent to Korea by troop ship where he served from May 1951 to January 1952. He spent nine months in Japan […]

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Orville Nelson, age 90 of Webster, passed away in Northfield on Thursday afternoon, November 9, 2017.

Orville Sherman Nelson was born August 31, 1927, in Hutchinson, Minnesota, to Arthur S. and Christine (Tange) Nelson. He was baptized and confirmed at Main Street Lutheran Church (now Faith Lutheran Church), and graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1945. He attended Hamline University for two years. Orville was drafted into the Army in October 1950 and served in Colorado Springs before being sent to Korea by troop ship where he served from May 1951 to January 1952. He spent nine months in Japan before receiving his honorable discharge in October 1952. He was scheduled to fly out of Japan but, due to a storm, the airport was blown away so he returned to Seattle by troop ship.

After returning, Orville joined his parents in dairy and crop farming in Webster, where the family had moved in his absence. He later bought the farm. Orville met Martha Thompson at Nellie and Albert Hoffard’s farm across the road (Nellie and Albert were Martha’s great aunt and uncle). They were married on October 11, 1958 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in McIntosh, Minnesota, and they raised three children on the family farm. They were members of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Hazelwood until its closure, when they joined Christiania Lutheran Church in rural Lakeville.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years Martha; three children Ted of Webster, Andy of Webster, Christine of Northfield; two grandchildren Christopher (Shannon) and Rachael; three great-grandchildren Tristan, Collin and Trinity; his sister Harriet (Edward) Betzold of Minnetonka; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his brother LeRoy and his parents.

A celebration of Orville’s life will take place at 11:00AM, Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at Christiania Lutheran Church, 26691 Pillsbury Ave, rural Lakeville. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service and a reception will follow. Military Honors will precede the service.

Memorials are preferred to Christiania Lutheran Church, Union Gospel Mission or the Salvation Army.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Funeral

November 14, 2017 - 11:00 AM


Visitation One Hour Before Service
Christiania Lutheran Church - Lakeville
26691 Pillsbury Ave Lakeville, 55044 Get Directions

1 Comment

  1. Mary Berg

    To the family, my sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. As you cope with your loss, may you find comfort in knowing that God promises to put an end to all the things that have plagued mankind for centuries including death (Revelation 21:3,4). May you find peace in knowing that your dear one is safe in the memory of God, who will remember every detail about them and bring them back again (Job 14:13,15). May these words from God’s word, the Bible give you comfort now and strong hope for the future. Deepest sympathy.

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