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Harold Arnold Nelson

Harold Arnold Nelson

Harold Arnold Nelson, 82, of Mahtowa, Minn., died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in the Minnesota Veterans Home in Silver Bay, Minn. He was born Jan. 3, 1931, in Hinckley, Minn., to Thure and Arbie Nelson. He grew up in Mahtowa and attended Park Lake School. After high school, Harold served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge from the Navy in 1955, he moved to Bismarck, N.D., where he worked as a motorcycle cop for a short time before returning to the Mahtowa area. He worked as a deputy for the Carlton County Sheriff's Office and then worked with his father at Nelco Gas and Fuel. He delivered fuel oil and worked as a mechanic. After the station was sold in 1977, Harold worked at Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake, Minn., in maintenance until retiring in 1995.

Harold was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, Mahtowa Volunteer Fire Department, Moose Horn Rod and Gun Club, and the Carlton VFW. Harold enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, gardening, snowmobiling, motorcycling, golfing, trap shooting, playing horseshoes, and spending time with his family.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister, and his sister Shirley Peterson.

He is survived and will be sadly missed by his wife of 51 years, Barbara; his children, Craig Dahl of California, Travis Nelson of Mahtowa, Tammy (Mike) Schoen of Cloquet, Minn., Marty (Rachel) Nelson of Mahtowa, and Mick (Heidi) Nelson of Two Harbors, Minn.; brother, Richard (Beverly) Nelson of Barnum, Minn.; sisters, Marie Thompson of Ely, Minn., twin sister, Joyce Wahl of Garden Grove, Calif., and Barbara Kelly of Little Canada, Minn.; and eight grandchildren, Brittani, Marisa, Madeline, Gracie, Alex, Clark, Cameron and Cooper.

The family would like to thank the entire staff at the Minnesota Veterans Home for their loving and compassionate care.

Visitation will be held Friday, Dec. 27, from 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. memorial service in Salem Lutheran Church in Mahtowa. A time of lunch and fellowship will follow in the church social hall. Inurnment will be in the spring in Mount Salem Cemetery, Mahtowa.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Salem Lutheran Church.

Arrangements entrusted to Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet. To sign the guest book and offer an online tribute, see

December 27, 2013 ~ Pine Journal, Cloquet, Minn.