ROLLIN L. NELSON

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.

8 guestbook entries for ROLLIN L. NELSON

  1. Diann Knutson Bos October 31, 2018 at 7:11 pm #

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I grew up just down the road from Rollin. His parents were friends with mine. I pray that the Lord will bless you with the strength you need. I remember running into Rollin at the library reading the paper and waiting to meet you for lunch. May the Lord bless you and give you peace.

  2. Carol Brandt (Weidenaar) November 1, 2018 at 1:10 pm #

    My thoughts, prayers, and love to my cousin, Joanne, and family.

  3. Lucy Schaefer November 1, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

    I’m so sorry for your loss Rollin was a great guy I just talked to him at our 50-year class reunion . I can’t believe he’s gone very sad. My husband Leroy enjoyed talking to him at the table of knowledge he will surely be missed by all. Close your eyes and remember everything good
    Hugs Lucy

  4. CHERYL FIELDS November 1, 2018 at 5:57 pm #

    Steve and I extend our love and sympathy to Joanne and family. We enjoyed Rollin so much at our “table of knowledge” for the many years in Mora. He will be remembered for his awesome wit, honest opinion, kindness, and strength. May you find comfort in remembering the blessings he provided to all of you during his lifetime.

  5. Dan and Wendy Lund November 1, 2018 at 8:44 pm #

    So very sorry to hear of Rollin’s passing. Lots of fond memories of working with him at EPC. Our thoughts and prayers are with Joanne and family at this difficult time.

  6. Dr. Harlan and Lisa Gilbertson November 2, 2018 at 11:09 am #

    We send sincere thoughts and prayers to all the whole family and pray you have peace and comfort soon.

  7. Larry Gordhamer November 2, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

    Condolences and prayers for all of Rollins family & friends. Happy to have had a nice visit early September before hospitalized.
    Rollin must have inherited some of his wit & wisdom from his dad who was like a second father to me when growing up.
    Surely will be exciting to meet again in our Lords house.

  8. John Smith November 2, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

    Rollin was a joy to know. We worked at EPC together. And no matter what came up, Rollin was right there, eager to get things right. And unafraid to try anything. He was respected and appreciated by all.

    Rollin’s smile and laugh would brighten the day like a spring sunrise. I will always miss that.

    I remember well the day he dropped everything to go to Indiana to help me. On virtually no notice.

    He certainly made this world a better place.

    May your memories bring you comfort. I never knew a better man.

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