Bruce Dean Nelson (1954 - 2016)

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Celebration of life memorial services for Bruce D. Nelson, 62 were conducted by Pastor Kelley Pedersen on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at the Ebenezer Lutheran Church west of Audubon. Interment will be in the Ebenezer Lutheran Cemetery west of Audubon at a later date. The honorary casket bearers were his grandchildren and great-grandson: Jayce Nelson, Jalen Nelson, Kaitlin Schultes, Kealey Nelson, Skyler Schultes, Creighton Nelson, Elly Schultes, Easton Nelson, Brody Schultes, and Carter Nelson. The Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon was in charge of the arrangements.
Bruce Dean Nelson, the son of Lloyd and Lowene Hansen Nelson was born April 22, 1954, at the Audubon County Memorial Hospital in Audubon, and died Dec. 9, 2016, in rural Kimballton, at the age of 62 years, 7 months, and 17 days.
Bruce was baptized and confirmed at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon. He attended Exira Community Schools graduating with the High School Class of 1972.
On May 1, 1971, he was united in marriage to Jeanne Miller at the Ebenezer Lutheran Church west of Audubon. Five children: Justin, Chris, Shandy, Ben, and Tim were born to this union. He was employed as a farm hand for his Uncle Tom Nelsen for a few years before they made their home in Elk Horn. He then was employed by Ronald Liestad where he helped him farm and constructed grain bins. They moved northeast of Kimballton where he then helped his father-in-law on the farm and milked dairy cows. In 1983, they made their home on Jeanne's family farm where they currently reside. For several years Bruce raised rows crops and continued to milk dairy cows and in 2001 started a cow/calf operation known as the Nelson Beef Farm.
Bruce was a longtime member of the Ebenezer Lutheran Church west of Audubon where he also taught Sunday school for many years and was on the church council. He served on the Audubon Community School Board, Audubon County Soil and Water Conservation Board, and served as an Audubon County Supervisor for one term. He also was a trustee for Sharon Township for a number of years. Bruce enjoyed spending time watching and taking care of his cattle. He loved going and watching any event that his grandkids were in. Most of all he loved spending time with his family.
Preceding him in death was his father Lloyd Nelson; and his father-in-law Merlin Miller.
Bruce is survived by his wife Jeanne Nelson of Kimballton; his children: Justin Nelson of Audubon, Chris and wife Lindy Nelson of Elk Horn, Shandy and husband Chris Schultes of Audubon, Ben and wife Jenn Nelson of Audubon, Dr. Tim Nelson and his significant other Taryn Thompson of Creston; his grandchildren: Jayce and Jalen Nelson both of Audubon, Kealey, Creighton, and Easton Nelson all of Elk Horn, Kaitlin, Skyler, Elly, and Brody Schultes all of Audubon; 1 great-grandson Carter Nelson of Audubon; his mother Lowene Nelson of Audubon; his brothers and sister: Roger Nelson of Exira, Colleen and husband Jerry Riesgaard of Exira, Kurt and wife Toni Nelson of Audubon; his mother-in-law Phyllis Miller of Audubon; his sisters-in-law: Julie and husband Ken Vorm of Kimballton, Patrice and husband Roger Randeris of Audubon; close family friends: Ron and Melanie St. Peter and family; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.
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Audubon, IA 50025
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Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Dec. 16 to Dec. 23, 2016