Nelson, Merlyn Lee (1933-2014)

Merlyn Nelson of Karlstad, MN, 80, died Friday, June 6, 2014 at his residence near Karlstad, MN surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM in Bethesda Lutheran Church at Strandquist, MN, with Reverend Rena Peterson Officiating. Burial will be held at Zion Lutheran Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Monday, June 9, 2014 5 – 6 PM with a 6:00 Prayer service at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Strandquist, MN and also one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

Merlyn Lee Nelson was born September 25, 1933 at Lincoln Township, Marshall County, MN son of Herman and Mildred (Brekke) Nelson. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church near Karlstad and attended school at Strandquist. Merlyn entered the US Air Force on November 21, 1951 and served in Guam during the Korean Conflict. He was honorable discharged on November 21, 1955 and returned to Karlstad.

On January 2, 1958 he was united in marriage to Ione C. Klegstad at First Lutheran Church in Karlstad, MN. The couple made their home on the home farm in Lincoln Township, Karstad, MN. Merlyn drove school bus at Stephen, worked for Lundeen Oil at Stephen and Kern and Tabery Construction working on the road for many years. Merlyn enjoyed all of the years of farming.

He enjoyed working for Donavan and Rodney Langaas farms, he also enjoyed ice fishing, gardening, planting trees and keeping his farm mowed. He was a member of the American Legion Post 444 at Strandquist.

Merlyn is survived by his children Marlin (Doreen) Nelson of Karlstad, MN, Pamela Grochowski of Strandquist, MN, Bradley (Ellen) Nelson of Drayton, ND, David (Jodi) Nelson of Moorhead, MN and Dion (Karla) Nelson of Karlstad, MN: grandchildren Corey (Katie) Nelson, Tara (Brent) Syverson, Alan Nelson, Tiffany Grochowski, Jesse Grochowski, Carla (Cory) Swenson, Lindsey (Andy) Krank, Briana Nelson, McKenna Nelson, Kayla Nelson, Jordon (Jennifer) Patterson, Brandon (Breanna) Patterson, Anthony Patterson and Tiffany Patterson : great-grandchildren Callie Swenson, Chastity Swenson, Isaiah Grochowski, Bryleigh Nelson, Brielle Nelson, Brayden Krank, Kaden Patterson, Chase Patterson, Hope Patterson, Shaun Patterson and Trypp Patterson. Mother of Merlyn’s children Ione Syverson of Karlstad, MN; siblings Lila Grandstrand of Karlstad, MN, Gayhard (Irene) Nelson of Karlstad, MN, Dorothy Borowicz of Stephen, MN and Ina Lou (Butch) Baumgartner of Roseau, MN: along with many nieces and nephews.

Merlyn is preceded in death by his parents, son Christopher Nelson; grandsons Andrew Nelson and Justin Nelson; sisters Jean Fredericks and Eulalie Stallock; brothers-in-law Leonard Stallock, Vern Fredericks, Gordon Grandstrand and Ralph Borowicz.

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky