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Val Wray NelsonVal Wray Nelson was born on April 15, 1942 to Glen and Darial (Plantz) Nelson in Lynd, Minnesota. He was baptized and confirmed in the Methodist faith, and graduated from Lynd High School in 1960. After high school, Val enlisted into the United States Army. On June 12, 1965, Val was united in marriage to Betty Neisius at St. Eloi Catholic Church in Ghent. They lived at Ft. Bragg in North Carolina until his honorable discharge from the Army. They moved back to Minnesota and made their home in Lynd where Val worked as a lineman for Northwestern Bell. He was also a member of the Lyon County Historical Society. He enjoyed metal detecting, treasure hunting, being outdoors, working on old cars, hot rods, and enjoyed gardening. He was an avid Minnesota sports fan, especially the Minnesota Vikings and Timberwolves. He also had a soft spot for animals but most importantly he loved to spend time with his grandchildren, family and friends. On Monday, April 24, 2017, Val passed away peacefully with his daughters by his side at Morningside Heights Care Center in Marshall at the age of 75. He is survived by his two daughters Dion (Scott) Hansen of Avon and Dana (Nate Slocum) Nelson of Gary SD; five grandchildren Jayden McCracken, Nick Hansen, Lainey Hansen, Olivia Slocum and Merrick Slocum; two siblings Vernon (Julie) Nelson and Crystal (Zack) Wood-Thomas; three sisters-in-law Bev (Norb) Blanchette, Kathie (Ron) Welvaert and Karen (Al) Trosen; three brothers-in-law Mike (Carole Heffernan) Neisius, Tom (Char Wilson) Neisius and Larry (Cheri) Pelzel; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and his four beloved cats. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Betty, infant brother Glen, and brother-in-law Pat Neisius. Blessed be his memory.
Dana, I have know you and your family for many years.I am so grateful for that. He was such a cool guy. I know how much Val loved his children and his grandchildren,and he was wonderful at both.Know he is at peace and dancing away with your Mom.God bless you all.
Annie Berghorst Apr 28 2017 12:13 PM
Val was such a great guy! I enjoyed every visit I had with him. He had such a big heart for the animals, especially those cats. He did love those cats! I'm going to miss seeing him, I did not realize he was sick. So sorry for your loss.
Tracey Westegaard Apr 27 2017 10:06 PM
Our deepest sympathies to all the family. May the Holy Spirit give you His Comfort, Peace and Strength in this time of grief. Blessings from Bernie and Judy Wing
Bernard Wing Apr 26 2017 9:20 PM
Dana, you and your family have my deepest sympathy. I had the pleasure of meeting Val a couple times. He was a loving Father and exceptional Grandfather.
Kim Simpson Apr 26 2017 8:13 PM
So sorry to the whole family for you lost,try to take time for your self,these few days will go so fast,you won't remember all, so try to get some lone time for your self,so sorry.
Corrine Dubbeldee Apr 26 2017 4:06 PM
Our sympathy and prayers to all of Vals Family. It was always a pleasure to talk with him. He will be deeply missed by all that knew him.
Brian Erickson Apr 26 2017 1:08 PM
Val was a wonderful person and will be truly missed. I am so sorry for your loss.
Rhonda Lanoye Johnson Apr 26 2017 9:01 AM
Our deepest sympathy Dion & Dana and your families, Vernon & Crystal and your families. Val was a great guy and will be missed by all who knew & loved him. We were lucky to have all of you as our neighbors for so many years. May God Bless Love to all Mike & Diane
Mike & Diane McClain Apr 25 2017 10:02 PM
I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad/Grandpa. He was awesome and we were very appreciative of him taking us in like second a family. Our deepest sympathy and please call if you need anything. May the peace of God be with you. Love, Hugs and Prayers
Julie Enga Apr 25 2017 2:21 PM