NORMAN NELSON

Norman Nelson for webNorman Nelson, of Braham, passed away on Friday, November 19, 2010 atthe Cambridge Medical Center. He was 77 years old.

A FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church with Rev. Rich Chronis presiding.

VISITATION will be held 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

INTERMENT will be in the Rice Lake Cemetery of Braham.

Norman R. Nelson, of Braham, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 19, 2010 at the Cambridge Medical Center. He was 77 years old.

Norman was born November 6, 1933 in Duluth, Minnesota to parents William and Wilma (Sundbom) Nelson. He attended school in Hermantown, until the family moved to the Braham area in 1946, where he spent one year at the Windom Country School, before starting High School in Braham. Norman enjoyed playing football in high school and graduated from Braham in 1952. After high school, Norman began working at the First National Bank of Braham. He was employed at the bank for 12 years before leaving to work on the family farm full-time. Norman and his brother Bruce ran the family farm, milking cows until 1985. They then continued as partners on the family farm, growing corn and soybeans.

Norman had many interests. In his early years he enjoyed bowling, golfing, and snowmobiling. Throughout his life he loved deer, duck, and goose hunting and especially enjoyed his trips to Canada with his friends. He also was a fisherman. He was very particular about catching only walleye’s. He spent many winters up north ice fishing and even survived a plane crash onto the Lake of the Woods. He liked his visits to Arizona to visit his niece Kathy and husband Merlin. He liked going to the family cabin with more fishing and visiting with his cousin Ronnie. Keeping up with college and professional basketball and football was a lifelong interest of his.


Norman started almost every day of his life with breakfast at the Park Caf. It was a time reserved for great discussion, debates and of course much bantering among his friends.

Norman was a great farmer, analyzing and evaluating weather, crops, weeds, chemicals and the markets on a daily basis. He kept up on weather patterns and economic trends through out the world. He was detailed oriented, precise and efficient in all of his work. He kept up to date on current farming practices especially in the field of herbicides. His knowledge was a help to many local farmers.

Norman was a wonderful brother and uncle to his three nieces and was a very active part of their lives. He will be missed by his family and friends.

Norman is survived by his sister Dorothy Johnson of Braham, brother Bruce Nelson of Braham; nieces, Barbara (Bruce) Carlson of Rush City and Patty (Terry) Lind of Braham, nephew-in-law Merlin Hirschorn, great nieces and nephews Daniel Carlson, Kimberly (Adolph) Akpaglo, Ryan Carlson, Doug (Katie) Lind, and James Lind. He is also survived by many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law Arlowe Johnson, and niece Dr. Kathryn Hirschorn.

A Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church with Rev. Rich Chronis presiding. Music was provided by Ruth Grundyson, John Scheele, and Daniel Carlson. Casket Bearers were Steve Gustafson, Mike Gustafson, Merlin Hirschorn, Bruce Carlson, Terry Lind, Douglas Lind, and James Lind. Honorary Casket Bearers were Marvin L. Carlson, Kenny Evenson, Waldo Randall, Darrell Glidden, Carlie Grell, Jim Kays, Jesse Voight, and Jerry Nordby. Interment was in the Rice Lake Cemetery of Braham. Arrangements were entrusted to the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com

4 guestbook entries for NORMAN NELSON

  1. Bob Korsch November 23, 2010 at 7:56 pm #

    Cousin of Norman

  2. Bob Korsch November 23, 2010 at 7:57 pm #

    My mother, dorothea and Norman’s mother Wilma were sisters

  3. Mike & Cathy Greeley November 24, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    I WAS NORM’S MORNING WAITRESS FOR MANY YEARS AND ALWAYS ENJOYED SEEING HIM AND EVEN THOUGH I KNOW LONGER WORKED AT THE PARK CAFE, I WOULD STILL LOOK FOR HIM AND HIS TRUCK EACH AND EVERY MORNING ON MY WAY TO WORK AND WHEN I WENT BY MONDAY, I DIDN’NT SEE EITHER HIM OR HIS TRUCK, I TOLD MYSELF IT WAS BECAUSE I HAD LEFT FOR WORK A LITTLE EARLIER THEN I USALLY DO. THEN WHEN I GOT TO WORK I SEEN THAT HE HAD PASSED AWAY. A PERSON ALWAYS THINKS ” I NEED TO STOP AND SAY “HI” AND TO CATCH UP ON THINGS BUT YOU ALWAYS THINK THERE WILL BE ANOTHER TIME AND THEN YOU NEVER GET THE CHANCE, A PERSON HAS TO LIVE WITH THE REGRETS. HE WAS A TRULY GREAT PERSON AND WILL BE SADLY MISSED BY EVERYONE THAT KNEW HIM. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU.. THE GREELEY FAMILY

  4. Linda Carlson Wescott November 27, 2010 at 9:00 am #

    Norm is the Uncle of my friend, Barb, and friend of my Dad, Marvin. When I visit Braham, I join the guys at the Park Cafe for breakfast and conversation. Norm always has a twinkle in his eye and a story to tell. Just a few weeks ago, I was thanking him for the beautiful floral arrangement Dorothy, Barb, Patty, Bruce & Norm sent to my mother Joan Carlson. I am so sorry for your loss and will miss Norm.

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