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Obituary: Eldon Nelson

Eldon Nelson

New Rockford, N.D.

Eldon Glenn Nelson, 85 years old, passed away peacefully at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford, N.D. on Thursday, January 25, 2024, after a long battle with Parkinson's.

Eldon's visitation was held Sunday, January 28, 2024 from 6-7 p.m. with a vigil service at 7 p.m., all at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, January 29, 2024 at 2 p.m. at St. John's Catholic Church, New Rockford with burial at St. John's Catholic Cemetery, New Rockford. Fr. Reese Weber officiated with special music by Kerstin Allmaras, pianist and vocalists Katie Allmaras and Hallie Brown. Congregational hymns were "Hail Mary," "On Eagle's Wings," "One Day at a Time Sweet Jesus" and "How Great Thou Art." Pallbearers were Tyler Weber, Nathan Gilliss, Brett Nelson, R. J. Miller, Jeff Myklebust and Jayde Lindbo. Honorary bearers were all of Eldon's grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Eldon was born in Maddock, N.D. to Charlie and Josie (Simonson) Nelson on November 26, 1938, being second to the youngest of a family of eight.

Eldon worked various jobs in his younger years for farmers and as a gas station attendant. He married Mary Lou (Schafer) on July 28, 1962, at St. John's Catholic Church in New Rockford, N.D. Together they were blessed with three children: Renae, Lori and Brian.

During his married years, he worked road construction, running scrapers and doing finishing work, and in his later years, he ran a road grader for Eddy County. He retired from the county in 2001. Eldon had worked construction for Archie Cambell and Bill Lindeman. In his retirement, he worked with his wife, Mary Lou, as a caretaker doing maintenance at the St. John's and Prairie Home Cemetery.

Eldon is survived by his loving wife, Mary Lou; children, Renae (Bruce) Gilliss, Lori (Todd) Weber, and Brian (Tina Ziegler) Nelson; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Byron (Pauline) Nelson; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Josie Nelson; brothers, Harley, Clayton and Victor Nelson; and sisters, Vennoy Stokke, Alerene Hoffman and Doris Jordon.

Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Carrington and New Rockford, N.D.