Lloyd Gene Nelson (1931 - 2011)

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Lloyd Gene Nelson, the son of Peter H. and Johanna Christensen Nelson, was born January 10, 1931, at his parents' home in Shelby County near Jacksonville, Iowa and died May 4, 2011, at the Exira Care Center in Exira, Iowa at the age of 80 years, 3 months, and 24 days.
Lloyd was baptized and confirmed at the Jacksonville Lutheran Church. He attended rural schools in Shelby County and then graduated from the Harlan High School with the Class of 1949. Lloyd was employed at a gas station for a short time and later was a truck driver for the Petersen Brothers. In May of 1951, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. During his tour of duty he served stateside. He was honorably discharged in November of 1952. He returned to Jacksonville and worked for the Petersen Brothers.
On May 17, 1953, he was united in marriage to Lowene Hansen at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon, Iowa. Four children Bruce, Roger, Colleen and Kurt were born to this union. Later in 1953 they started farming east of Audubon, then farmed near Defiance, Iowa and later Harlan, Iowa. In 1962 they purchased a farm west of Hamlin, Iowa. They raised livestock of all types and grew row crops. They operated the farm until they retired in 2005. Lloyd enjoyed their home then moved to the Exira Care Center in July of 2009.
Lloyd was a member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon. He served on the Exira School Board from 1977-1981 and also served as a board member of the Audubon Coop in the late 1970's and early 1980's. Lloyd enjoyed taking the children and grandchildren fishing, traveling and playing cards with friends.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents; Lowene's parents Cliff and Emma Hansen; and his brother-in-law Dalton and wife Kathryn Hansen.
Survivors include his wife Lowene Nelson of Audubon, Iowa; his children Bruce and wife Jeanne Nelson of Kimballton, Iowa, Roger A. Nelson and fiancée Janelle Jensen of Exira, Iowa and her children Jorgen Jensen of Denver, Colorado and Greta Jensen of Des Moines, Iowa, Colleen and husband Jerry Riesgaard of Exira, Kurt and wife Toni Nelson of Audubon; his grandchildren Justin and wife Jeanne Nelson of Audubon, Chris and wife Lindy Nelson of Elk Horn, Iowa, Shandy and husband Chris Schultes of Audubon, Ben Nelson and friend Jenn Williquett of Audubon, Dr. Tim Nelson of Creston, Iowa, Karla and husband Jim Casterton of Davenport, Iowa, Brenda Riesgaard of Ankeny, Iowa, Whitney Nelson, Olivia Nelson, and Cliffton Nelson all of Audubon; 9 great grandchildren; his sister Janet and husband Larry Wunder of Harlan, Iowa; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Rollie and wife Peggy Hansen of Elk Horn, Iowa, Betsy and Tom Nelsen of Hamlin, Iowa, Mardelle and husband Duane Mortensen of Altoona, Iowa, Shirley Hansen of Audubon; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Doug Opp on Saturday, May 7, 2011, at 2:00 P.M. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon, Iowa. Interment will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Audubon. The honorary casket bearers will be Delbert and Mae Andersen, Bob and Verdel Hansen, Dale and Yvonne Jensen, Merlyn and Jeanette Knudsen, and Lois Jean Christensen. The casket bearers will be Justin Nelson, Chris Nelson, Ben Nelson, Dr. Tim Nelson, Chris Schultes, Cliff Nelson and Jim Casterton. The family will meet with friends Friday evening at 6:00 P.M. at the Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon, Iowa
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from May 7 to May 20, 2011
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