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Ernest Duayne Nelson

February 6, 1918 June 6, 2011
Ernest Duayne Nelson
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Obituary for Ernest Duayne Nelson

Lakefield, MN

     Ernest Duayne Nelson, 93, was born on February 6, 1918, in Ringstad, IA, the son of Alfred and Nellie (Christiansen) Nelson. During his early teens, the family moved to New Underwood, SD, where he attended and graduated from high school. Because of the great depression and several crop failures, the family moved to the Biscay, MN area. In 1941, he met Marian Schultz and on April 19, 1942, they were married. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Leon and Susan. During his adult life, he held many jobs and the family lived in several communities. In 1988, Marian passed away. After the loss of his wife, Ernie was fortunate to meet Dorothy Rasmussen. Ernie and Dorothy were married on April 27, 1991, at the United Methodist Church in Lakefield, MN. They lived their entire married life in Lakefield. In November of 2003, they moved to Valley View Assisted Living and resided there until moving to Colonial Manor in November of 2010. They renewed their wedding vows in January of 2011 and celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. Ernie died on Monday, June 6, 2011, at the Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Lakefield, MN.
     Ernie is survived by his wife, Dorothy and her children, Kay (Michael) DeWall of Lakefield, MN, Robert (Jean) Rasmussen of Hager City, WI, Sandra (Roger) Hartman of Okabena, MN, and David (LaRae) Rasmussen of Winona, MN. He is also survived by his son, Leon of Milan, MN, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marian; his daughter, Susan, and his siblings, Vernon, Leo, Bernice, Merlyn and their spouses.
     Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 9, 2011, at 11:00 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Lakefield, MN, with Pastor Kathy Brandt officiating. Ernie’s family will serve as casket bearers.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 9, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Lakefield, MN.

Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.


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