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Lester H. Nelson
Lester H. Nelson, 100, of Hamilton, ND passed away Friday, September 16, 2016, at Wedgewood Manor, Cavalier, ND. Funeral service will be held Monday, September 19, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cavalier Presbyterian Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held at the church for one hour before the time of services. Burial will be held in the Hamilton Cemetery.
Lester Harvey Nelson was born August 26, 1916 to Nels and Pauline (Ehlert) Nelson, on a farmstead near Hamilton, ND. He was the youngest of seven children, four brothers and two sisters. Lester attended Hamilton High School graduating in 1935. He farmed and ranched in the Hamilton area and also spent one year in the CCC in Reamer, MN. Lester served in the U.S. Army for one and a half years, stationed in San Francisco, CA.
On January 13, 1945, he married Eva Myrtle Wolfgram in Grand Forks, ND. They lived in Clyde, ND for four years where he worked at the International Elevator. After returning to Hamilton he worked at the Peavey Elevator in Hamilton, Burke's Bakery in Cavalier, owned and operated Nelson's Hartz Store in Hamilton, and was a pulp end foreman for American Crystal Sugar Company, Drayton, ND. Upon his retirement from the ASCS, he helped the catering business at the Chuck Wagon CafÄÂ© and provided fresh produce and flowers for the cafÄÂ©.
He was known for his green thumb, both produce and flowers. The "gladiola" was his signature flower and he would often plant 700 bulbs every year. His two gardens in Hamilton were the size of most residential lots.
During his recent 100th birthday, he was able to see all seven of his children on that day. The family also celebrated his birthday for 20 years in Fargo, calling it "Lester Nelson Day."
Survivors include his wife, Eva; children: Roger (Connie) Nelson, Fargo, ND, Evonne (John) Blair, St. Thomas, ND, Brad (Susan) Nelson, Cavalier, ND, Paulette (Ron) Keney, Bismarck, ND, Brenda (Jeff) Schauer, Wishek, ND, Scott Nelson, Hamilton, ND, Lisa (Randy) Ermer, Cavalier, ND; 17 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents; sisters: Iva Peterson and Grace Enerson; brothers, Albert, Frank, Harry, and Donald.
My deepest sympathies to Eva and Family. Love hugs and prayers from Eva's cousin Helen
Helen L Sep 24 2016 12:00 AM
No one can prepare you for a loss; it comes like a swift wind. However, take comfort in knowing that he is now resting in the arms of our Lord. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Mike, Mark, Jack, Sara & your friends at Gregory Ford.
MICHAEL GREGORY Sep 19 2016 12:00 AM
So sorry to hear of Lester's Passing. He was a very nice man. God Bless Eva & All of the Family. Janice Cull
Janice Cull Sep 19 2016 12:00 AM
May the many memories comfort your family. We send our love and prayers.
Herman and Cletis Kauk Sep 19 2016 12:00 AM
We are so sorry for the loss of Lester! Truly a man of kindness, honor, humility and full of love! He had a passion for the love of his family, grandkids, great grandkids, nature and life! Because we LOVE there will be tears! Because we LAUGH there will be memories! Because we LIVE there will be JOY! GOD BLESS all of you at this difficult time and may the love you shared with Lester help to help the pain in your heart!
Wally & Roxy Erhardt Sep 19 2016 12:00 AM
Our sympathy to the Nelson Family
Bob & Geri Thomas Sep 19 2016 12:00 AM
So sorry for your loss. I remember going to the store for Mom also coming home on the weekends and driving by the Nelson home to see the beautiful flowers on Sunday morning on the way to Church.
Lonnie Bonner Sep 18 2016 12:00 AM
"We were born to die and we die to Live. As seedings of God we barely blossom on earth, However we fully flower in Heaven." So it will be with Lester. You have my sympathy.
John Bergman Sep 17 2016 12:00 AM
To the Nelson Family, So sorry for your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you all.
Judy Johnson Sep 17 2016 12:00 AM