Dennis R. Nelson, 80

Thief River Falls – Dennis Nelson of Thief River Falls, passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at his residence with his loving family by his side.
Funeral Service will be held Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Johnson Funeral service in Thief River Falls. Burial will be held at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls.
Visitation will be held Wednesday 4-7 p.m. with a 6:00 p.m. prayer service at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls and also one hour prior to the service on Thursday.
Dennis Roger Nelson was born October 30, 1937 in Thief River Falls, son of Norton and Olga (Hegrenes) Nelson. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls. He attended school in Thief River Falls and graduated from NW School of Agriculture in Crookston in 1957.
On June 1, 1957 Dennis was united in marriage to Barbara Van de Streek at First Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls. The couple made their home in Smiley Township near Thief River Falls. Dennis worked at Prichard Brothers Construction and Pennington County Highway Department, retiring December 27, 2002. He also grain farmed and raised cattle in Smiley Township throughout his working years.
Dennis enjoyed fishing and hunting, the last years he enjoyed watching old westerns and family feud. He played solitaire on his hand held machine. Dennis was a member of St. Pauli Lutheran Church near Thief River Falls.
Dennis is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara of Thief River Falls, son Kurt Nelson of Thief River Falls, daughter-in-law Laurie Nelson of Thief River Falls, grandson Ben (Kari Hesse and her children, Alliya, Graysen, and Deycia); Nelson of Thief River Falls; great-grandson Kaiden Nelson of Thief River Falls, sisters Sharon (Phil) Busch of Akeley and Nelda Carpenter of New Hope, brother-in-law Cub Bronsdon of Madison, WI, several nieces, nephews and sisters-in-law Dorothy Morehouse, Ruth Roos, June Jorgenson and Muriel Wavra, brother-in-law Edward Van de Streek.
He is preceded in death by his son Keith, parents Norton and Olga Nelson, sisters Jean Bronsdon and Lois Nelson.
Arrangements with Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls, MN