Dennis Nelson

March 8, 2018

obit Nelson DennisAug. 30, 1940 – March 1, 2018

Dennis Wilbur Nelson, age 77 of Winnebago, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 1 at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne. There will be a private family service at Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Online condolences may be left at
Dennis (Denny) Wil­bur Nelson, son of Wilbur Elvin Nelson and Esther Carrie Koustrup, was born Aug. 30, 1940 in Tyler. He graduated from Tyler High School in 1958 and joined the United States Navy in May 1961. He traveled ex­tensively throughout the Far East before perform­ing many operations dur­ing the Viet Nam War.
In 1965 Dennis was honorably discharged and went to work for Stokely Van Camp in Winnebago, where he met his future wife, Janet Hart. They were married on June 10, 1967 and moved to New Hope, where he worked as an electrician and Janet taught school.
In 1971 the couple moved with their infant son Timothy to Janet’s an­cestral home on the north side of Bass Lake. There they began farming and their son Robert was born the following year. Denny farmed his entire life and retired in 2004.
Throughout his life, Denny enjoyed travel­ling, photography, lapi­dary, coin collecting and woodworking. He served for many years as a town­ship supervisor, American Legion Commander and was an active member of the Bass Lake Community Church.
For the last several years Denny was a resident of the Luverne Veterans Home.
Dennis is survived by his wife Janet (Hart) Nel­son of Bass Lake; sons Tim (Mona) Nelson of Albert Lea and Rob (Lori) Nelson of Winnebago; grandchil­dren Isabella, Elisabeth, Al­exandra and Molly Nelson; younger sister Karen Miles of Minneota; and several nieces and nephews.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, step­father Earl Jacobson, and his older brother, James Nelson of Rapid City, South Dakota.