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Loren Nelson

June 30, 1929-Oct. 16, 2010

Loren E. Nelson, 81, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, October 16, 2010 at Essentia Health in Fargo.

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, with Rev. Wade Dutton officiating. Friends may call at the church for one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, with military rites provided by the Lake Region Honor Guard.

Loren Ellsworth Nelson was born to Oscar and Harriet (Goodwin) Nelson on June 30, 1929 in Mantorville, Minn. He was raised in Mantorville and Redwood Falls, Minn., and then moved to Minneapolis. He served with the U.S. Air Force. Following his discharge, he returned to Minneapolis.

Loren was united in marriage to Jeanita Cruger October 5, 1956 in Minneapolis. He worked as the regional sales manager for Miller Brewing Co. and then as the regional sales manager for Allied Van Lines. The couple moved to Detroit Lakes and owned and operated Birchwood Cabins, 1972-80. Loren owned and operated Nelson TV, 1981-84 and Harry J's in the Washington Square Mall, 1984-2004.

Loren served as mayor of Detroit Lakes, 1980-88. He was a member of the Elks, Eagles, VFW and American Legion. Prior to moving to Detroit Lakes, he was a member of the Minneapolis Businessmen's Club.

Loren enjoyed golf, bowling, playing poker on the Internet, cooking, good food, good music, dry humor and hunting with his black lab, Cannon. He was a good father and husband.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Jeanita of Detroit Lakes; a daughter, Susan (Tom) Kubot of Detroit Lakes; and a brother, Dana Nelson of Lake City, Minn.

Preceding him in death were a son, Bill; his parents; and brothers and sisters Faye, Harley, Bus, Howard and Timer.

David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. Memories may be shared online at