AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Rollin Nelson, of Mora, passed away on Monday, October 29, 2018 at the St. Benedict’s Senior Community in St. Cloud. He was 68 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 2, 2018 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Mora with Pastor Dean Oelfke officiating.
VISITATION will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 1 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Chapel and 1 hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.
Rollin LeRoy Nelson, of rural Mora, passed away surrounded by family, on October 29, 2018, after a short battle with a brain tumor. He was 68 years old.
Rollin was born on July 19, 1950, in Braham, Minnesota, to Gordon and Marie (DeYoung) Nelson. He grew up on the family farm with one sibling. He attended Coin School for 6 years, graduated from Ogilvie High School, and received a Bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University. He had various careers over the years; including supervisor at EPC in Mora, slurry explosives technician and was employed with Martens Manurigation. He never forgot the friendship developed as a result of that career.
Rollin enjoyed hunting, camping, riding ATV and motorcycles, traveling, reading, visiting with friends (especially the table of knowledge at Freddies and the Monday night get togethers at Richard’s), humor, and most of all loved time with his family. He was so proud of his children and grandchildren. Family gatherings at the table were very near and dear to his heart. He kept pictures of his grandchildren on his phone and was always very excited to show them to everyone. They were his pride and joy. Rollin never met a stranger and was always eager to meet and chat with anyone. Rollin’s quick wit was shared with many people. His grandchildren will never forget the laughter over the limericks he taught them which were not always parent approved.
Rollin is preceded in death by his mom Marie Nelson, dad Gordon Nelson, brother Rodney Nelson, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Rollin is survived by his wife of 40 years, Joanne (Folkema) Nelson; children, Cullen Nelson and Dan (Shana) Nelson; grandchildren, Taitum, Landon, Makalah, Christian and Alexandra; father-in-law John (Kathy) Folkema; mother-in-law Dorothy Folkema; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Joyce (Rick) Keller, Jerome Folkema, Jim (Penny) Folkema, Joey (Stefanie) Folkema, Jill Folkema and Jeff Folkema; many other relatives; nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.