AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Monroe Nelson, of Mora, formerly of California, passed away on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at his home. He was 78 years old.
INURNMENT will be in Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, CA.
Ansel Monroe Nelson, known by those close to him as “Monroe” or simply “Roe”, began his amazing life in Detroit, Michigan on June 12, 1941. He was one of three children; his father, also Ansel Nelson and mother Anne (Fahlman) Nelson chose Kane, Pennsylvania as the place to raise their children. Monroe had a brother James who preceded him in death and is survived by his sister Christine Snow of Kane, PA and son Ted Nelson of San Diego, CA.
After completing his formal education, Monroe went on to attend Clarion University in Pennsylvania. Once he earned his Bachelor’s Degree, he tried his hand at teaching high school math and chemistry before enlisting in the United States Navy. His naval career began in January of 1966 and ended in February of 1972. During this time, Monroe went through flight school and became an aviator. He went to sea aboard the USS Enterprise and spent two years stationed in Antarctica during operation Deep Freeze. While in Antarctica, Monroe showed his courage and spirit rescuing the downed crew of an incoming aircraft during zero visibility whiteout blizzard conditions. He was recognized and awarded a medal for his bravery and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
In 1971, while stationed at Point Mugu, Monroe found the love of his life at a naval ball. There he met Suzanne Marie Bouchard, a Minnesota resident, who had been crowned Miss Minnesota in the 1958 contest. By January of 1972, they were husband and wife, Monroe decided to end his military career in hopes of starting a family. Roe and Sue chose to settle in southern California and start their future. San Diego became their home and in August of 1979 had a baby boy they named Theodore Monroe Nelson, who they named after Suzanne’s father Theodore Bouchard- whom Monroe looked up to greatly.
Roe and Sue were married for 36 years, when she succumbed to a very rare form of blood cancer in January of 2008. Monroe’s son Ted encouraged him to follow his lifelong dream of owning a farm/hunting property in Minnesota. Monroe was able to be near the remaining members of Suzanne’s family, especially her father, Ted a resident of North Branch that lived to be 101.
Monroe lost a big piece of his life when Sue passed on, and was never the same after. Fortunately, he found the great people of Mora who became a new branch of his family tree. Monroe spent his last years driving folks to their destinations while employed by Timber Trails.
He loved to hunt and shoot as well as restore tractors which he would drive in the parade. Monroe was very patriotic and enjoyed Independence Day, having friends and family over on the 4th of July was his joy. He was a private person but once you were close to him, he truly opened up. Helping anyone who needed it was one of his greatest attributes.
On Tuesday, July 9, 2019, Monroe lost his battle with cancer. He passed on around 4:00 pm and his suffering finally concluded with friends and family at his side. Roe and Sue are reunited again.
Dad- Thank you for all you’ve done for me, teaching me everything I needed to know and making me into the man I am today. Although I’m sad to see you go, I am happy that your suffering is over. Tell mom I love her and I look forward to the day we can all be together again. Vaya Con Dios – Ted.