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In Memory of Harvey R. Nelson


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Friday October 8, 2021
Bethel Lutheran Church - Highlands Campus
504 Frontage Road
Hudson WI, 54016

Funeral Service

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday October 8, 2021
Bethel Lutheran Church - Highlands Campus
504 Frontage Road
Hudson WI, 54016


10:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturday October 9, 2021
Union Cemetery
2505 Minnehaha Ave E
St. Paul MN, 55119

Harvey R. Nelson, age 90, of Hudson, WI, formerly of Oakdale, MN, passed away peacefully on September 23, 2021, at Red Cedar Canyon, surrounded by his family.

Harvey was born on June 14, 1931, in Rosholt, SD, to Nencel and Elizabeth (Matteson) Nelson. He grew up in Rosholt until his family moved to New London, MN, where he began high school and met his high school sweetheart, Emogene “Jean” McLouth.  After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Army, proudly serving during the Korean War.

After his discharge, he attended Brown Institute, where he earned his associates degree and on November 26, 1952, in Lawton, OK, he and Jean were married. Together they were blessed with five children.

Harvey worked for over 36 years at Unisys, working primarily in logistics. He was delighted to work with all three of his sons at the company, eventually retiring in 1993. After his retirement, he enjoyed his time with the Elks in Missouri and the American Legion in Stillwater.

Harvey and Jean were the perfect match, and were each other’s sidekicks throughout the many travels they had together around the United States, Mexico, and Canada in their RV. They also enjoyed their winters in Donna, TX, for over 23 years. He loved golfing, reading Western novels, being stumped by a sudoku, and playing on their neighborhood family softball team. He had a talent and determination for tinkering and fixing things, and possessed a strong work ethic from his time on the family farm. He was always willing to help anyone and never complained about giving his time to others. His dedication and love for his family was his greatest passion and joy.  He was a patient, thoughtful, and generous man and will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Jean of Hudson, WI; children: Robert (Kathy) Nelson of Lakeville, MN, Betty (Dale) Wendorff of Hudson, WI, Jeffrey (Jeanette) Nelson of Fairmont, MN, and Timothy (Cindy) Nelson of Hudson, WI; grandsons: Corey Nelson, Justin Nelson, Carl Wendorff, Jesse Prochniak, and Jason Prochniak; granddaughters: Katie Atkinson, Bobbi Reese, Laura Lemke, Kelley Nelson, and Renée Nelson; great-grandchildren: Brooklyn Prochniak, Bryer Prochniak, and CJ Nelson; sister, Cleone Gable; and sisters-in-law, Doris Nelson and JoAnn Nelson.

He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Karen Nelson; brothers: Delmar (Irene) Nelson, Howard Nelson, Russell (Fran) Nelson, and Claude Nelson; sister, Ellen (Gennes) Wold; and brother-in-law, Ole Gable.

Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 8, 2021, at Bethel Lutheran Church – Highlands Campus, 504 Frontage Rd., Hudson with a visitation held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at Union Cemetery in Maplewood, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Lakeview Hospice and the Leukemia Foundation.

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    • What a great person. Always smiling and a great conversationalist. Will always remember the fun times at Ojibwa. Can hear his laugh now! Will miss his fun and wit.

    • I’m sorry to hear about Harvey. We had such great times together camping in Chippewa Falls. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
      Rod Shadick

    • My uncle Harvey was exactly as described in that lovely obituary. He was kind and funny and always willing to take in a few nieces from small town Wadena for a couple weekends a summer when we were growing up. He never hollered at me for crashing the dirt-bike, I was always grateful for that! A life well- lived. He will be missed.