Nelson, Richard Paul “Dick” (1958-2006)

Richard P. Nelson, 47, Warren, MN, passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2006 at his home in Warren surrounded by his family.

Richard Paul Nelson was born on May 9, 1958 in Warren, the son of Robert and Dorothy Nelson. He was a fourth generation resident of the Warren community. Dick graduated from Warren High School. On July 9, 1983, he was united in marriage to Sheila Pagnac at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. They made their home in Warren. He farmed for many years, was a Registered Nurse and for the last years was Financial Coordinator for the Red River Watershed Management Board. Dick has been Mayor of Warren since 1996.

Dick was a dedicated husband and father who cherished time with his wife and children. His dedication and love for his community was everlasting. He was overcome with emotion upon learning of the honor which was bestowed upon him in having the diversion project named “The Richard P. Nelson Floodway”.

He was a lifelong member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and a ten year member of the Warren Volunteer Ambulance Service. In 2003, he was the National Watershed Coalition’s “Person of the Year”.

Dick enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, dancing, singing and attending athletic events. He especially enjoyed hunting deer with his son, Dillon. In particular, being able to be with him this past fall when Dillon shot a nine point buck. Dick’s special moments with Emilie included attending the annual Father/Daughter Dance and being able to dance with her throughout the night.

Loving family members surviving Dick include his wife, Sheila and two children, Dillon and Emilie, all of Warren, MN, father and stepmother, Robert and Carolyn Nelson of Yuma, AZ, two brothers; Robert E. (Robyn) Nelson of Yuma, AZ and Bruce Nelson of Erskine, MN, two step-sisters; Sally (Paul) Pestana of Honolulu, HI and Julie Eklund of Glendale, AZ, step-brother, Thomas (Paula) Eklund of Glendale, AZ, two aunts, an uncle and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy, grandparents and several aunts and uncles.

DuBore Funeral Home

[Interred Greenwood cemetery]

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky