Walter was the youngest child of Hans M. and Christine L. (Swenson) Nelson. He was born on June 15, 1921 at Spring Lake, Minn. He was baptized as an infant at the Fish Lake Lutheran Church in Harris, Minnesota. It was in the Stanchfield area that he attended school through his childhood years. As a young man, he worked on area farms. Walter was married to his first wife, Evie Hendricks, for 18 years. The couple divorced.
On Aug. 30, 1968, Walter was united in marriage to Alyce (Anderson) Nordahl at the Spring Lake Lutheran Church in North Branch. They both enjoyed snowmobiling, farming together, camping, fishing, and travelling. Their early life together was spent in the Cambridge area and in 1970 they moved to Brunswick, and later spent their remaining years in Mora. Alyce passed away in 1995.
Walter was a truck driver most of his life. He trucked livestock to South St. Paul for P.H. Larson of Cambridge, trucked for Walter E. Olson & Sons Construction; and he also drove truck for Byron Johnson. After that, Walter worked for Federated Coop Shipping Association, retiring in 1987. He enjoyed meeting many of his customers on his route. He was a hard worker and always willing to help if someone needed him.
The last few years, Walter’s health declined and he had to give up driving and a lot of other activities, but he accepted it well. He enjoyed reminiscing about his life as a young boy and young adult. He loved animals, especially dogs and horses. He often said, “if you treat an animal right, they will treat you right.” Toby was the last dog that he got from a shelter. Toby was a great companion for several years, and it was very difficult when Walter had to put him to sleep. Walter enjoyed going to auctions and flea markets. He loved to ride around the countryside and see the farm animals and check how the crops were coming along. When he got cable TV, he enjoyed watching the old programs like John Wayne westerns, Bonanza, and more. He also enjoyed watching the Twins play. When Walter wasn’t able to attend church, he would tune his TV to a church program. Both he and Alyce were very faithful and active it their churches. Walter enjoyed going to local restaurants for dinner and then “treats” in the afternoon.
Walter is preceded in death by his wife of 28 years Alyce; his parents; brothers Leonard, Roy, and Raymond Nelson; sisters Hazel Leaf, Cora Leaf, and Marie Thompson.
He is survived by several nieces and nephews; special friend Dee Johnson of Braham, and other relatives and friends.
A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, October 12, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the True Vine Lutheran Church of Mora with Pastor Marlin Harris officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Music will be provided by pianist Ruth Hansberry and vocalists Pastor Wendell and Laurel Johnson. Casket Bearers are Jim Nehring, Joe Nelson, Jerry Kehoe, Kevin Haight, Tim McNeilly and Terry Nelson. Interment is in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery of Brunswick. Arrangements were by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora.