Richard B. Nelson, of Mora, died on Monday, September 3, 2012 at the Elim Home in Milaca. He was 80 years old.
A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 6th at Calvary Lutheran Church in Mora. Rev. Dean Oelfke will officiate.
VISITATION will be one hour prior to the service (from 1:00-2:00 p.m.) on Thursday at the church.
INURNMENT will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.
Richard (Dick) Ben Nelson of Mora and Mission, Texas passed away on September 3rd 2012 after a short but courageous battle with cancer. He was 80 years old.
Dick was born at home on April 13th, 1932 in Borgholm Township, the youngest of five children to Ben and Anna Nelson. He grew up in the Milaca area before moving to Mora and graduating from Mora High School in 1950. He particularly enjoyed playing high school football and would later go on to play several seasons of amateur baseball in the Mora area. He remained an avid fan of high school, college and professional sports teams. One of the joys of his life was to watch his grandchildren play in a myriad of sports from high school to college including football, golf, baseball, and soccer. He counted a visit with fellow Texan, Sonny Detmer (father of Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer) as one of the highlights of his life.
Dick had a wonderful relationship with his father Ben with whom he also became a business partner. Nelson’s Clothing was a fixture for many years in the towns of Pine City and Hudson, WI. He was very proud of his more than 20 years of employment with the M & StL and Milwaukee Road lines. He often regaled his friends and relatives with colorful stories of his times as a “railroad man” and of the many friends he made during his long trips on the rails. He retired from the railroad in 1985.
He liked to dabble in politics, supporting “Kinky Friedman” for Governor of Texas in 2006 and enjoyed talking of the important topics of the day. Over the past 10 years, he has carefully followed and supported the Marine Corps deployments of two of his grandsons. Dick was quite musical. He loved to sing and play on his favorite keyboard and was always looking for someone to sing a duet with him. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and spent several years working within that fraternal organization.
He loved to travel and to keep in close contact with friends in Texas and relatives in Sweden. Though he was born well before the age of computers, he embraced this technological wonder which included learning to “Skype” with his Swedish cousins. He has most enjoyed his visits with his morning “coffee buddies” while residing in Mora, MN.
Dick married his former high school acquaintance, Shirley Goldsmith Jacobson in Mission, Texas on January 10th, 1987. Their marriage lasted more than 25 years and was punctuated by travel, visiting with friends and family, and spending winters in Mission, Texas. Theirs was a marriage of love, new adventures, and enjoyment of time spent together. They especially liked to venture into nearby Mexico during their winter stays in Texas to shop and buy fun gifts for the kids. We especially remember the gifts of perfume and Kahlua!
Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Anna, sisters Linnea and Ruby, along with brothers Walter, Clarence, and Don.
He is survived by his wife Shirley of Mora, daughter Donna Brown of St. Paul and grandson Billy Brown of Woodbury; son Monty Nelson and wife Linda of Falcon Heights. He is also survived by stepdaughters Nancy Jacobson of Prescott, AZ; Cindy Koepp and husband Vern of Rush City, MN; Stephanie Olson and husband Gary of Rush City, MN; stepsons Gary Jacobson and wife Karen of Cambridge, MN; and Bob Jacobson and wife Janie of Lindstrom, MN. He also leaves behind 14 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren by way of his 25 year marriage to Shirley. She was by his side when he passed at Elim Care Center in Milaca, MN.