Karl was born May 7, 1912 to parents Carl and Hilda (Hanson) Nelson. He grew up around the Lewis Lake area and later married the girl from across the lake, Eva (Ostrom). Karl served his country overseas during WWII and returned after being injured in duty while in Germany. Karl and Eva had two children together, Ross and Karen, that they raised in Crystal, Minn. Karl worked for many years in the VA benefits department at Fort Snelling. After his retirement he and Eva moved back to the Lewis Lake area where he tended his garden. Karl was especially good at growing potatoes which he enjoyed sharing with others.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Agnes, brothers Axel, Oscar, Herman, Raymond, Edgar and son-in-law Lynn Pauls.
Karl is survived by his wife of 68 years, Eva, children Ross (Judy) Nelson of Crystal, Karen Pauls of Minneapolis, granddaughter Kim (Ty) Gerloff, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers to Lewis Lake Covenant Church.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 31 at 11 a.m. at Lewis Lake Covenant Church with Rev. Bob DeYoung officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, Aug. 30 at the Rock-Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham from 6-8 p.m. and an hour prior to the service at the church. Music will be provided by Rev. Bob DeYoung and Diane Sutton. Pallbearers are Bobby Steffen, Todd Steffen, Kim Gerloff, Ty Gerloff, Dick Nelson and Brand Nelson. Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 12:45 p.m. in assembly area #5. Arrangements by Rock-Ingebrand Funeral Home.