Arnold Nelson, 102, once of Mabel

Arnold Dormand Nelson, 102, of Rochester died on July 29, 2019, at Meadow Lakes Senior Living.

He was born on the family farm near Mabel on June 27, 1917, to Adolph and Doris (Rank) Nelson. He attended country school and was married on Nov. 8, 1947, to Doris Thorson. In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in the Southeast Asian Islands and was discharged in March 1946. He had attained the rank of staff sergeant. Upon returning to Rochester, he entered into the tile business. He owned Glen Tile Service for many years, selling and installing ceramic tile alongside his brother. He continued to work until he was over 90 years old.

He enjoyed being a member of the Rochester American Legion Post 93, hunting, fishing, gambling, and looking for treasures with his metal detector. He enjoyed fishing trips "Up North" to northern Minnesota and Canada in search of "the big one." He and his son, Dennis, had many memorable trips.

He is survived by his wife, Doris of Rochester; his son, Dennis of Stewartville; his daughters, Priscilla (Dale) Robertson of Stewartville, and Lori (Dennis) Rehbein of Kasson; grandchildren, Jaclyn (Cole) Freiderich, Tricia (Dusan) Cirlic, Nathan Robertson, Timothy Robertson, Nicholas Nelson and Jason Nelson; great-grandchildren, Alek, Brady, Hailey, Haidyn, Grace, Kinsley and Lillie; siblings, Stella Shuda of Onalaska, Wis., Milfred (Joan) Nelson of Decorah, Ada (Ray) Kjos of Rushford, Dorie (Jerry) Thrall of Golden Valley and Mervin Nelson of Mabel; and a sister-in-law, Opal Nelson of Rochester.

He is preceded in death by brothers, William, Melvin, Lorn, Alvin, Leland and Alfred; and sisters, Viola Chesley and Alice Christopherson.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Rochester with the Rev. Carrie Smisek officiating. Burial was in Grandview Memorial Gardens Cemetery of Rochester with military honors provided by American Legion Post 93.

Memorials are preferred to Ronald McDonald House of Rochester.

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