Lloyd W. Nelson, formerly of Braham and Stanchfield, passed away on Monday, April 4, 2022 in Devils Lake, North Dakota. He was 87 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, April 10, 2022 at the Braham Event Center with Pastor Steve Jennisch officiating.
VISITATION will be held from 4:00-6:00 pm on Saturday, April 9th at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home in Braham and again 1 hour prior to the service on Sunday at the Event Center.
INTERMENT will be in the Rice Lake Cemetery in Braham.
MILITARY HONORS will be provided by the Mora American Legion Post 201.
Lloyd W. Nelson lived a life well loved! He loved deeply and he was deeply loved.
Lloyd W. Nelson, 87, passed away peacefully April 4, 2022 in Devils Lake, North Dakota with his family by his side after a long Minnesota Goodbye with Alzheimer’s. Lloyd had resided in Devils Lake, North Dakota since the fall of 2017 to be near family while he gave Alzheimer’s a real piece of his mind. Up until then Lloyd had lived his entire adult life in the Braham, Minnesota area.
This farmer was blessed to be born into a fun-loving family in Gordonsville, Minnesota to John and Ovedia (Westrum) Nelson. Lloyd grew up with Carla, Bud, Larry, Jim and his little sister Linda. This was a family that worked and played together throughout their lives. Perfect family, no, but the lefse, angel food cake, and divinity were very close! There weren’t many family birthdays or holidays that weren’t spent all together sharing a wonderful potluck meal.
Lloyd loved school, well not really, but he had fun, and especially the year when he was the only boy in class. He graduated from high school and wrote in his yearbook “I rarely express my thoughts, but that is no sign I haven’t any”.
While serving his country in the Army, Lloyd gathered some friends, adventures, and stories and wrote home weekly to his mom, a woman Lloyd adored his entire life and spoke gently of her even at 86 years old. Good Son! One weekend, on leave from the army, Lloyd helped his family move from southern Minnesota to the Braham area. Shortly after coming home from the Army, Lloyd joined his family in the same area and “bought dirt” on Isanti County Road 4, over the years it would become well known in the area as the Pigs and Pines Farm. He began to set down roots, in 1967 Lloyd married Laura True, and they loved 3 wild weeds John, Laurie, and LeslieAnn.
In 1976 Lloyd married Ruth Ann “Tootie” (Rosburg Pangerl) and they would grow together for 40 years, farming and then retiring and traveling many locations together.
Lloyd, always the farmer, planted many seeds of friendship and would reap the harvest of well-tended relationships with lifelong friends and making new friends throughout life. Even while a resident at Heartland, Lloyd made friends and was adored by many. Lloyd was always willing to help a friend, family, and community event that needed a hand.
Lloyd is survived by his beloved children John Nelson and Jill MacMillan; Laurie and Roger Lindquist and their children Wyatt and Evan; LeslieAnn and Mark Elfman and their children Olivia, Maxwell, and Garrison. Tootie’s sons Gary Pangerl and Daryl and Robyn Pangerl, sons Michael and David (deceased). Sisters Carla Trytten, Linda (Alan) Skramstad, Brothers Larry Nelson, James (Gladys) Nelson. Many delightful nieces, nephews, sisters-in-laws, and brothers-in-law from a large extended family.
Lloyd is preceded in death by his wife Ruth Ann “Tootie”, parents, and brother Howard “Bud” Nelson, whom he spent many years sharing the spring planting, fall harvest, farming equipment, and wisdom together. Many fun-loving brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to an organization dedicated to the battle against dementia and Alzheimer’s such as the Alzheimer’s Association. Because no family should lose a loved one before their time.