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Dennis Wayne Nelson

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Date: April 15, 2017

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 P.M.

Austin V.F.W Hall
300 4th Ave. N.E.




Date: April 15, 2017

Time: 1:00 P.M.

Austin V.F.W. Hall
300 4th Ave. N.E.


At a later date


Dennis Wayne Nelson, age 75, passed away on Thursday, March 23 2017 at his residence in Waltham, Minnesota. Dennis was born January 3, 1942 in Hartley, Iowa to William and Ruth (Steuck) Nelson, the oldest of two children. He graduated from Hayfield High School in 1960. On August 8, 1964 Dennis married Diane Marie Fairbank in Hayfield at the Trinity Lutheran Church. Dennis served in the United States Army from 1964 to 1966 and was deployed to Vietnam during his tour of duty.  Following his honorable discharge Dennis returned home and began his 37 year career as a rural mail carrier.  He also did custom farming in the local area. Dennis was the Commander for the VFW Post #1216 in Austin for 5 straight years, and will be remembered for his dedication to the VFW. Dennis loved living on the farm, and enjoyed having an active part working along with his children in their sheep projects in both 4-H and FFA. He enjoyed his weekends camping and fishing while spending time with family by the water. Dennis also enjoyed the mini-reunions with his “Class of  60”. 

He is survived by his wife Diane; children Troy (Lisa) Nelson of Austin MN, Terri (Roger) Kuhlman of Kasson MN, Todd (Kevin Scott) Nelson of Charlotte NC, Toni (Sean) Stenberg of Stewartville MN; five grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; sister Vicki (Lowell) Steen, and beloved dog Sam. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents in 2014.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held April 15, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at the Austin V.F.W. Post #1216 (300 4th Ave. N.E.).  The Nelson Family will greet friends prior to the service from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 P.M. at the V.F.W. Hall.  Military honors will be rendered following the service at V.F.W. Post #1216.  In lieu of flowers memorials in Dennis’s memory are preferred to the donor’s choice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.

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