CALVIN NELSON

C. Nelson webphotoCalvin Nelson, of Braham, passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He was 56 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Braham Evangelical Covenant Church with Rev. Steve Jennisch officiating.

VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.

INTERMENT will be at the Big Lake Cemetery in Big Lake, Minnesota.

Calvin Gene Nelson, of Braham, Minnesota passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.  He was 56 years old.

Cal was born on June 22, 1957 in Canby, Minnesota to Gene and Phyllis (Longman) Nelson.  Cal had a unique combination of technical savvy and creativity, which led to a diverse vocational path.  After graduating from Braham High School in 1976, he worked at a meat market with his Uncle Dan who dubbed him “Hansi du Dieffel” the sausage-maker. Cal graduated from Anoka Technical College  with a degree in Business Administration in 1978 and went on to own and manage a retail store called ATD Sports.  Later, he furthered his education by graduating from Brown Technical School with a degree in computer repair. He worked on computers at Digi Board and Digi Graphics.  His experience with computers led Cal to design and create Catch-Cam, an underwater camera used for fishing. However, Cal’s true passion was music and Christian service, so in his “spare” time he co-owned a Christian DJ music company called “The Master’s Voice.” He also managed a youth center called Youth Way in Blaine, Minnesota.  Cal gravitated more and more toward the music and sound field.  He was a self-taught sound engineer with the ability to tweak sound systems and economically piece sound systems together in such a way that earned him another title, the “Obi-wan Kenobi” of sound. Cal installed sound systems and ran sound for local worship bands, churches and events such as the World Day of Prayer, Mayor’s prayer breakfast and Braham Fest.  Cal was a jovial, good-natured guy with a quick wit.  He was an active member within the church community in the Metro area, a faithful servant to His Lord, family and friends.

Cal was preceded in death by his father, Gene W. Nelson. 

He is survived by his mother, Phyllis Nelson, sister, Diane Marpe, brother-in-law, Joel and nieces, Stephanie and Leslie, and many beloved friends.

A Funeral was held on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Braham Evangelical Covenant Church with Rev. Steve Jennsich, Pastor Harley Swartout, and Pastor Jesse Lange officiating.  Music was provided by Eric and Michele Craton, and Kierstain Swartout.  Casket Bearers were Jesse Lange, Bill Finnerty, Delmas Hiens, Andy Hiens, Seth Swartout, and Benjamin Swartout.  Interment was in the Big Lake Cemetery in Big Lake, Minnesota.

 

8 guestbook entries for CALVIN NELSON

  1. Emily Holtz January 24, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

    Cal was my best friend and mentor when I was in late High School and early college. I was his assistant and road helper from 1995-1996 with “His Masters Voice”. He was also the godfather to my daughter, Zaria Lucas. We will miss him greatly but are rejoicing he is with the Lord Jesus! See you soon brother-in-Christ!!!!

  2. Pastor Paul & Nancy Gunderson January 24, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

    Cal was loved by many and will be missed.

  3. Loren Brabec January 25, 2014 at 11:15 am #

    From high school physics class to church softball league and all kinds of things in between and later, Cal was a gentle spirit and great person. Rest in peace, my friend, till we meet again.

    Sincere sympathy to Phyllis, Diane & family, and all the friends he made in so many places.

  4. Liz Curran January 25, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

    My friend Kathy and Claudia met Calvin in college at the U of M when our dear friend Diane blessed us by sharing her brother Calvin. Calvin was always one of our dates so he could share in the fun and look out out for us. Claudia remembers him always a gentleman and I had the pleasure of going out to Sunshine Festival last summer. He is best breakfast cook ever!!! Blessings to the Nelson and Marpe families during this time of grief. We will see you on the side Cal!

  5. Janet Ahlstrom Risinger January 26, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    My sympathies to Cal’s family and friends.

  6. Craig Anderson January 26, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

    Sad to hear of Calvin’s passing. I enjoyed his friendship and humor in High School.

  7. Murray Peterson February 18, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    I had gotten on this site to be informed of the passing of fellow Braham classmate Michael Dennis, when I had found out that Calvin had passed away. I couldn’t believe it. He had died on my 59th birthday. We had many memories growing up in Braham. We walked to school together every morning. In the winter, on every Saturday morning, we went ice fishing at Rush Lake, but not before stopping off at the Braham Bakery and picking up a few dozen fresh rolls to eat while in our fish house. Winter was snowmobiling several times a week. My Ski-Doo and his Johnson Ski-Horse. We always bragged about how each of our snowmobiles was better. Summer time we golfed together and we were on the high school golf team. Calvin was a groomsman in my wedding party way back in 1978. Upon reading his obituary, it was so true. He liked to tinker with “stuff” — take it apart and sometimes not being able to put it back together again — but he would eventually get it done! We had great times at Joel and Mary Mae Erickson’s home. They never had kids, but it was like they had adopted us as their own–such fun.

    Calvin — rest in peace. My sympathies to your family.

    Murray (& Bev) Peterson

  8. Deb Lang Arter March 13, 2014 at 8:27 pm #

    Diane – I was so sorry to hear about Calvin from my aunt Dorothy who still lives up the street. How great to hear how Cal turned out after so many years. He was a gentle bear and kind to all. Peace and hugs across the miles. Love, Deb Lang Arter in Maine

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