Leonard "Len" NELSON
1932 - 2021
O'Connell Family Funeral Homes
520 11th Street South
Hudson, WI
Age 88, of Hudson, WI Passed away May 5, 2021 Len was born on July 18, 1932 to parents Oscar and Marion (Vernig) Nelson. He attended Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis and after his graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he proudly served his country in the Korean War. Upon his return from his service he continued his education at the University of Minnesota. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Barbara Welch, on May 26, 1956. They were blessed with four children. Len worked for various grocery stores and was known in Hudson as the other half of Dick and Len's Red Owl Grocery store. He dedicated 10 years there before retiring in 1990. Being a hard worker his entire life he soon got bored of retirement and started Len's Family Food in Stillwater, which he owned for the last 30 years. Len was also a member of the St. Johns Masonic Lodge for 40 years. Some of Len's favorite things to do were reading and watching old movies, but what he truly loved most was being with his family and playing games with his grandchildren. They meant the world to him. He will be missed greatly by his wife Barbara; children Kevin (Tammie) Nelson, Melody (David) Hoffman, Holly Hale and Len (Carla) Nelson; 11 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; brother Charles Nelson and many other family members and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents A service for Len will be on Mon., May 10, 2021 at O'Connell Funeral Home in Hudson. Visitation is from 10-11am with a service at 11am. See funeral home website for livestream link.

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Published by Pioneer Press on May 9, 2021.
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O'Connell Funeral Home
520 11th Street South, Hudson, WI
O'Connell Funeral Home
520 11th Street South, Hudson, WI
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I just was informed that Len had passed on. I am sorry to have missed his service. Len was my mentor, boss and friend as I learned the grocery business. Len was an inspiration and model to follow with his work ethic and knowledge. I appreciated Len for setting me up for a successful career in the grocery business. My condolences to Barb and family. Dale (or as Len called me "Del Monte")
Dale Monson
June 5, 2021
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