HARRY O. NELSON

H. Nelson WebHarry O. Nelson, of Mora, died on Monday, July 1, 2013 at his home.  He was 95 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 6th at the First Presbyterian Church in Mora.

VISITATION will from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 5 at the First Presbyterian Church in Mora; plus 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.

INTERMENT will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Friesland.

Memorials may be made in Harry’s honor to the University of Northwestern St. Paul.

Harry Oscar Nelson, of Mora, passed away on Monday, July 1, 2013.  He was 95 years old.

Harry was born on a farm in Dell Grove Township in Pine County, Minnesota to Martin and Anna (Nielsson) Nelson on February 27, 1918.  He attended elementary grade school at Friesland and later attended and graduated from Sandstone High School in 1936. In the summer of 1930 Vacation Bible School was held in the small Presbyterian Church in Friesland and it was here that Harry asked Jesus to come into his life.  And later at a Sunday evening worship service at the Presbyterian Church in Hinckley, Minnesota Harry felt the Lord calling him into the ministry – this at the time he was attending high school.  During the years 1937-42 he and his brother, Reiner were involved in a produce trucking and marketing business.  In 1942 he was drafted into the military service and served his country in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theater (The 7th Air Command, 46th Fighter Squadron) until 1945.

In 1946 he enrolled at Northwestern Bible School in Roseville, Minnesota (now University of Northwestern St.Paul) graduating in 1949.  Here he met and courted Jean Smith, also a student there.  In 1949 they were married at a Baptist Church in Hulbert, Michigan.  During the next number of years he and Jean lived in Solon Springs, Wisconsin.  In 1950 he enrolled at Wisconsin State College in Superior and also served as student pastor of the Solon Springs and Gordon, Wis. Presbyterian Churches.  In 1954 he graduated from college with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.  In 1955 the family moved to Andrew, Iowa where he served the Andrew Presbyterian Church and also attended Dubuque Theological Seminary at Dubuque, Iowa.  He was ordained into the Gospel Ministry the same year by the Chippewa Presbytery of northern Wisconsin.  He went on to serve Presbyterian Churches in George, Iowa, South Long Lake, Randall, Litchfield and Fergus Falls, Minnesota.  He also served three interim pastorates after retirement; Cambria, Foley and Mora, Minnesota.   In 1990 Jean passed away after a lingering battle with breast cancer.  In 1991 Harry remarried. Alice Reynolds was a member and church organist of the Mora Presbyterian Church.  Her husband had passed away also in 1990.  By the kindly suggestion of mutual friends playing cupid, Harry took their advice of taking Alice “out for coffee”.  They discovered they had much in common and were married on August 3, 1991.  Alice passed away in 2011.

Harry loved people and loved to minister to their spiritual needs.  He also had a love for the outdoors, especially fishing, hunting and camping.

He was preceded in death by both of  his wives Jean and Alice; his parents; two brothers Reiner and Verner. 

Harry is survived by two sons Bruce and wife Anita of Litchfield, MN, Donald of Ramsey, MN; two daughters Betty and husband Joe Field of Ramsey, MN and Cheryl and husband Bryan Seiffert of Coon Rapids, MN; eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; two brothers Norman and wife Carol, and Carl all of Hinckley and sister-in-law Carolyn Nelson of Lino Lakes.  He is also survived by four step-children Robert (Sandra) Reynolds of Malmo, MN, Randy (Carol) Reynolds of Mora, Richard (Mary) Reynolds of Mora and Rebecca (Jay) Fladabo of Willernie, MN; plus many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A funeral service was held on July 6, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church in Mora with Rev. Duane Fowler, Dr. Kevin Carr, and Rev. Ivan Fisk officiating. Music was provided by Becky Fladebo, D.B. Johnson, Duane and Robinette Fowler, Randy and Carol Reynolds, and Gordon Hallstrom. Pallbearers were Seth Nelson, Reese Nelson, Travis Johnson, Jordan Seiffert, and Johan Lotriet. There were many honorary pallbearers. Military Honors were provided by the Mora American Legion. Interment was at the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Friesland, MN.

8 guestbook entries for HARRY O. NELSON

  1. Tina Owens July 3, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    We will miss Harry so much at St.Clare. He was always ready to help fill the Sunday services when church didn’t show up. Whenever we needs someone to pray with sick residents he would be here. He did so much work getting our new pianos, he was truely a blessing to all of us. He will be greatly missed.

  2. ROBIN HANSON July 3, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    Harry was a special neighbor and friend to my husband and I and we will miss his wisdom and kindness.

  3. Lisa July 5, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    It was an honor to be one of Harry’s nurse’s at St. Clare’s…he was always so greatful for every little thing you did for him! He was a true blessing to us here on earth and now he’s dancing with Jesus! Praise the Lord!

  4. Darrel Robertson July 9, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    Your dad will be missed! I remember well the time you were all at South Long and Peter and I doing so many things together with you guys on the lake and at church. We were always welcomed in.

    It was great to have your dad in the same presbytery after I came to Ashland (a long time ago now). He was always especially glad, I think, to see someone he knew from the past, a friend of his sons, now in the pastorate, and in an area where he had ministered himself in the past.

    He had a great life and a great ministry to so many people in many communities and congregations. Now he goes on to even better things….maybe even bigger fish! Who knows? But he will be strong and well again and happier than ever.

    He’ll be missed. I heard the news from Peter. I wanted to try and get to the funeral but we were helping my son and family do some moving and then had to hurry back to Ashland for Sunday responsibilities.

    You have my sympathy and my prayers,

    God’s presence and blessing to you,

    Darrel Robertson

  5. Dennis Lemm July 9, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    He will be missed in Isle also

  6. Lisa Coleman July 11, 2013 at 12:56 am #

    I’m very sad to hear of this news. Harry was an amazing man. It was an incredible experience getting to know him as one of the many aides that assiated him at St. Clares. Prayers to the family. I’m glad I got to know him.

  7. Rev William Taylor July 11, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    Over the years I have kept in touch with this wonderful pastor and friend. My parents had so much respect for their Litchfield pastor. He will be missed but not forgotten. Pur prayers are with the family and all who will mis this kind and gentle pastor and family man.

  8. Lorraine Rangen Nelson July 11, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    He was pastor at South Long Lake Prebyteryian by Brainerd when my family moved there.He was a good minister & friend. My husband & I send sympathy.

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