Harry 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.