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Milton Nelson

Milton Nelson

March 31, 1927-April 12, 2014

Milton J. Nelson was born to Henry and Alma Nelson on March 31, 1927, in Fargo. After he graduated from Fargo High School, Milton joined the US Navy and served in World War II. Upon his return, he attended and graduated from Dakota Business College.

Milton married Violet Brenden of Hillsboro, N.D., on March 14, 1951. Milton worked for NCR (National Cash Register Company) for 40 years. When he retired in 1989, he and Violet purchased a home in Mesa, Ariz., where they spent their winters. Their summers were spent fishing on Lake Cormorant. Violet passed away in 1995.

Milton died Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Shakopee, at 87 years of age.

Milton enjoyed watching sports of all kinds, especially Vikings football. An avid fisherman, Milton kept count of how many days until fishing opener as well as how many walleyes he had caught every week, every month and every season.

He will be deeply missed by his loving children, Sandra Sams, Chaska James (Becky), Shakopee, and Sheree Lavelle, Mesa, Ariz.; brothers, Donald and William (Solveig), both near Seattle, Wash.; and a sister, Marilyn, Walla Walla, Wash.

In addition to his wife, Milton was preceded in death by a sister, Marian.

A gathering of family and friends will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, followed by a Memorial Service at 11 a.m. in Korsmo Funeral Chapel, Moorhead. An online guestbook is at