Nelson, Gayhard Donald (1930-2015)

Gayhard Nelson of Karlstad, MN, died Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at Sanford Medical Center, Thief River Falls, MN, with his family by his side.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Bethesda Lutheran Church, Strandquist, MN, with Rev. Mitch Tolpingrud officiating. Burial will take place at 4:00 PM on Friday, May 8, 2015 at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Lincoln Township, Marshall County, Strandquist, MN.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Bethesda Lutheran Church, Strandquist, MN. Visitation will also take place one hour prior to the funeral service on Thursday at the church.

Gayhard Donald Nelson was born on March 7, 1930 at home in Lind Township, Roseau County, MN, the son of Herman and Mildred (Brekke) Nelson. He was baptized on June 1, 1930 in the Lutheran Faith. Gayhard grew to adulthood and attended school in the Strandquist area. He worked for a few years for his uncle, Albert on his farm.

On January 4, 1951 Gayhard enlisted with the United States Air Force. He proudly served his country in the Korean War and was honorably discharged on December 14, 1954.

On August 31, 1957 Gayhard was united in marriage to Irene Klegstad at Zion Lutheran Church in rural Strandquist. Together they raised their family and lived in the Strandquist and Karlstad area.

Through the years Gayhard worked for various construction companies as a carpenter and cement finisher. In the winter months he worked with his brother-in-law Gordon Klegstad logging and cutting pulp in the Wirt, MN area. He also tended to a small livestock farm for several years.

Gayhard enjoyed hunting, fishing, planting trees and keeping up his yard, visiting with family and friends, listening to music, and taking long drives. He especially enjoyed waiting at the kitchen table with a full cup of coffee for Irene’s tasty meals and frequent baked treats. He was a member of the Strandquist-Karlstad American Legion

He is survived by his wife, Irene of Karlstad, MN; children, Brion Nelson of Karlstad, MN, Carol Dupre of Spartanburg, SC, Randy (Kathy) Nelson of Karlstad, MN, Brenda (Ben) Kasprowicz of Strandquist, MN, Donald Nelson of Strandquist, MN, Dean (Sherry) Nelson of Wirt, MN, and Myron (Dede) Nelson of Karlstad, MN; 20 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Lila Grandstrand of Karlstad, MN, Dorothy Borowicz of Stephen, MN, and Ina Lou (Butch) Baumgartner of Roseau, MN; several nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends.

Gayhard is preceded in death parents, Herman and Mildred; grandchildren, Chad Nelson, Tiffany Nelson, and Steven Nelson; sisters, Eulalie Stallock and Jeane Fredricks and his brother, Merlyn Nelson.

Johnson Funeral Service

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky