Donald Nelson

Huron

Donald Nelson, 91, of Huron, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, at Avantara Huron (formerly SunQuest Healthcare Center) in Huron.

His funeral was Friday, Oct. 18, at the American Lutheran Church in Huron with burial in Carthage. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church.

Donald Lyle Nelson was born on March 24, 1928 in Huron to Lionel and Olga (Johnson) Nelson. Don graduated from Carthage High School in 1948. He graduated from Huron College in 1957 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and post graduate from Northern State University.

Don was a high school teacher for 24 years, teaching English, music vocal glee clubs and business education. He taught in Bancroft and Forestburg. He also worked for the Bradfield-Leary Counseling Center, the Dakotaland Museum, the Pyle House, and he taught classical piano as part of the Huron Area Music Teachers Association.

Don was in the Sons of Norway and was their pianist. Don was with the 3rd Infantry Division during the Korean War. Later, he was in the National Guard for 17 years and was honorably discharged with the rank of E-5, Sgt. He was also a member of the American Legion and the VFW.

Don enjoyed his years in the American Lutheran Choir and was a member for 30 years. He also served on the Huron Symphony Board. Don was an accomplished pianist and enjoyed music by Mozart, Chopin, and many more.

Don is survived by his sister-in-law, JoAnne Nelson of Huron; nephews, Gary (Joan) Biever of Iroquois, Craig (Becky) Biever of Huron, Ken Nelson of Plymouth, Minn., Keith Nelson of Plymouth, Minn. and Larry (Terri) Nelson of Minneapolis, Minn.; a niece, Diane (Steve) Soderman of Iroquois; and many cousins and grand nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Maxine Biever; brother, Jerry Nelson; a stillborn sister; brother-in-law, Bob Biever; and many friends.

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