Dateline – Havre, Montana
Earl C. Nelson
Earl C. Nelson, 80, died Friday, September 16, 2011 at the Northern Montana Care Center of natural causes. Cremation has taken place and his Memorial Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, September 22, 2011 at the First Lutheran Church with Pastor Michael O'Hern officiating. Burial will follow at the Highland Cemetery in the Calvary Section. A fellowship will be held at the church immediately after the graveside service. Memorials in Earl’s honor may be made to the Railroad Pagers P.O. Box 1087 Havre, Montana 59501 or to a memorial of one’s choice. Services and arrangements have been entrusted to Holland & Bonine Funeral Home.
Earl was born December 5, 1930 in Havre, Montana to Otto and Julia Nelson. He was raised and educated in Havre. He started with the Great Northern Railroad on February 3, 1949 in the Diesel Shop. And then transferred to Helena for one year and Livingston for one year. He retired as a mechanical foreman from the Havre Diesel Shop in 1985 after 36 years of service. He also worked a second job at Pehlke and Knutson Service Station for ten years to help provide for his family.
Earl married Marilyn McKinsey on January 14, 1949 to this union five children were born. Marilyn passed away in 1983. Earl married Patti K. Blom Lewis on November 23, 1985, Patti had one daughter, together they enjoyed retirement, camping, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Earl enjoyed working crossword puzzles and visiting with his friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Marilyn Nelson, one daughter Julie Mohr; one brother Martin Nelson and one sister Rose Christensen.
Earl is survived by his wife of 25 years Patti K. Nelson of Havre, Montana. His children: Mark Nelson of Milwaukee, Oregon; Larry Nelson of Salem, Oregon; Peggy Trepina of Lake Oswego, Oregon; Paul Nelson of Williston, North Dakota; and Laura Lea Lewis (Richard) Miller of New Hope, West Virginia. One brother, Art (Mary) Nelson of Mesa, Arizona.
2 Great Grandchildren
September 22, 2011, 11:00
First Lutheran Church
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