Raymond Nelson


Raymond NelsonRaymond Nelson, age 91 of Balaton, passed away Thursday, January 7, 2016 at Morningside Heights in Marshall. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 12 at Sillerud Lutheran Church, rural Balaton. Visitation is 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday at the church with a prayer services at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services on Tuesday. Burial is in Sillerud Lutheran Cemetery.

Raymond Lawrence Nelson was born April 28, 1924 to Lawrence and Minnie (Miller) Nelson in Skandia Township, south of Balaton, Minnesota. He was baptized, confirmed, married, and buried at Sillerud Lutheran Church, rural Balaton. Ray attended country school in Skandia Township. On December 27, 1947 Ray married Fern Johnson at Sillerud. They were blessed with five daughters and almost 59 years of marriage. They farmed and lived in Skandia Township until 1991 when they moved into Balaton. Ray served his church in many ways for many years. Ray and Fern were Luther League counselors for almost 30 years. He will be remembered by many as the bell-ringer. He was a member of the Balaton Ministerial Association, the Lion’s Club, and the Cancer Support Group of Tyler. Ray loved spending time with his family. His five daughters blessed him with 17 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and one on the way in a few weeks, and three great-great-grandchildren. Ray enjoyed music and he was a singer. He sang in the church choir for 67 years and for hundreds of weddings and funerals of families and friends throughout his life. He enjoyed going to music shows that were in the area, such as the Old Time Fiddlers. Vacations were spent visiting his children and all the other relatives from the West coast to the East coast, rarely missing a graduation or a wedding. Ray lived in Balaton until April of 2015 when he moved to Heritage Pointe in Marshall. On October 15, he was admitted to the hospital and then admitted to the Transitions unit of Morningside Heights Care Center in Marshall. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on October 26 and admitted to hospice. On Monday, January 4, Ray suffered a stroke and on January 7, he passed quietly to his mansion in heaven.

Ray is remembered by his five daughters: Linda Nelson of Marshall, Linette (Bob) Fricke of Balaton, Loretta (Larry) Mead of Marshall, Lela (Fred) Rael of Kingman, AZ, and Laurel (Rick) Meyenburg of Montevideo: grandchildren: Teresa Ourada, Tracie Balsley, Troy Eisfeld, Thomas Eisfeld, Patrick Fricke, Jay Fricke, Ryan Fricke, Kelly Severson, Jennifer Hansen, Adam Mead, Valerie Danielson, Antonio Rael, Alicia Harkey, Aaron Rael, Angela Miller, Jarrod Miller, Jesse Gort, and spouses of grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sisters: ElDora Pederson of Granite Falls and Louise Moe of Savage; and many other relatives and friends.   He is preceded in death by his wife, his parents, and a great cloud of witnesses.

Blessed be his memory.


  1. Peg Isaacson (hansen) says

    My Sympathy to the family. Rest in peace Ray.

  2. Cathy and Jerry Drager says

    Our sympathies to all of you. Ray was a great guy, always a smile, always remembered us when we ran into him. I remember all those years of going back and forth after the school Christmas program. Take Care, Cathy (Farrell) and Jerry Drager

  3. Traci Gernentz Edmundson says

    Blessed be his memory.

  4. Heather Henkel says

    Ryan and family,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hold tight to the memories and each other.

  5. Jim and Vonnie O'Dea says

    We are so glad that we were a part of the Ray Nelson family. Also glad we got to Ray’s 90th birthday party and got to visit with him last November. Remember the good times and always keep them in your heart. Love to our MN cousins.

  6. Thank you for sharing such a nice remembrance of your Dad’s life. Please know of my sympathy at this time in your families lives. God be with you in a special way as you transition through these days of grief and loss and celebration of your Dad’s life. You are in my thoughts and prayers, most especially on Tuesday. May God Bless you and hold you close.

  7. Sandy & Howie Steenhoven says

    Sorry to hear about the passing of your dad Linda. Our sympathy
    to you and your immediate and extended family.

  8. Linda Tobias says

    Rays Daughters: Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers as you spend the next couple of days saying good bye to a great guy. Your Mom and Dad were both patients of my husband in Pipestone for the 25 years I worked in the office. There was not a nicer couple that came in for adjustments. Your Mom and Dad always liked to visit and talk about family. I have not seen your dad in a long time but Gary and Helen Brinks have kept me updated on him. May the next couple of days bring a smile to your face as you see all the people your dad has touched in his lifetime. I am sure there will be many.

  9. Nancy Rudquist and family says

    Praying for your family. Ray alway held a special place in our hearts.

  10. Nelson Family,
    Your father was such a special man… Sending you my thoughts and prayers

  11. Jerry and Avis Baas says

    To the Nelson Family : Whatever soothes your spirit, Comforts your soul and Brings you peace , that’s what we wish for you at this difficult time. Blessed be the memory of Raymond Nelson .

  12. Tim and Jacqui Buyck says

    Sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. My God bless you all and bring you comfort.

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