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Donald Nelson

Feb. 24, 1940-Sept. 21, 2010

Former Lake Park resident Donald C. Nelson, 70, of Wells, Minn., died peacefully on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester with his family by his side.

Donald was born the son of Clifford and Lucille (Kramer) Nelson on February 24, 1940 in Detroit Lakes. He graduated from Lake Park High School and following his schooling, worked at a meat packing house in West Fargo. He married Carol Mae Bakken in Lake Park in 1958.

Donald moved to New Richland, Minn., in 1971 and he worked as a USDA meat inspector until retiring in 2008. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, hunting, music, and going to the casino. He also served as a union officer.

Surviving Donald are his eight children, Deborah (Bill) Walker of Rochester, Minn., David Nelson of Oregon, Doug Nelson of Waseca, Minn., Curt Nelson of Waseca, Sue (Rock) Pagel of Waseca, Brian (Lisa) Nelson of Waseca, Mark (Serina) Nelson of Hartland, Minn., and Mike Nelson of Waseca; 19 grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. He is also survived by his special friend, Mary and one sister, Shirley (Mike) Como of Blaine.

Preceding Donald in death were his parents; one great grandchild; one sister, Delores Frantzen; and one nephew.

Visitation will take place from 4 p.m. until the time of the funeral at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, at Kinder-Dennis Home for Funerals in Waseca. Burial will be at Woodville Cemetery in Waseca.