Roger Nelson, 1923-2014

Published 9:00 am Sunday, July 13, 2014

Private family burial for Roger “Red” Vinton Nelson, 91, of Albert Lea will be at a later date at Hillcrest Cemetery. Online condolences are welcome at

Roger Nelson

Roger Nelson

Red died Thursday, July 11, 2014, at Comforcare in Austin.

Roger Vinton Nelson was born Jan. 31, 1923, in Albert Lea, the son of Spinard and Anna (Olson) Nelson. He was born and raised in Albert Lea and graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1941.

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On June 20, 1945, Red was united in marriage to Lucile Shover in Albert Lea. Red worked as a lineman for Interstate Power for 42 years, retiring in 1985. Red enjoyed spending his time outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisher; he also enjoyed gardening and birding. Most of all, Red enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea, a lifetime member of the MN Deer Hunters Association, a former president of Southern Gateway Chapter of MN Deer Hunters Association and he was a 4-H leader for many years.

Survivors include his daughter, Nancy (Ron) Meyer; grandchildren Gregory (Nicole) Meyer and Douglas (Shanda) Meyer; and great-grandchildren Rachael, Ryan and Emily.

Red was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Lucile.