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Gilmore Nelson, 1926-2019

Funeral services for Gilmore “Gil” L. Nelson of Ellendale will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Lutheran Church in Ellendale. The Rev. Richard Sliper will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Ellendale and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in First Lutheran Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded.

Gilmore Nelson

Gil died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, at St John’s Lutheran Community in Albert Lea. He was 92.

Gil was born Sep. 24, 1926, in Clarks Grove, the son of Arnold and Hilda (Sorenson) Nelson.

He was a graduate of Ellendale High School in 1944. Gil proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.

On Oct. 24, 1953, he was united in marriage to Clarine “Kay” Hovland in Lime Creek Lutheran Church. Gil had been employed as a milkman for Nelson Dairy, Thompson Dairy, Polly Meadows and Marigold Dairy. He was custodian for Ellendale Public Schools for 20 years, bus driver for 32 years and funeral assistant and grounds keeper for Bonnerup Funeral Service for over 30 years.

Gil was a member of the Ellendale American Legion and a volunteer firefighter for Ellendale for 35 years. He was an honorary life member of the Minnesota State Fire Department Association. Gil was an active member of First Lutheran Church and served on the church council.

Gil played baseball, football and basketball in high school, winning the state championship in baseball his senior year. He was in bowling league, card club, enjoyed woodworking, playing bingo and watching all Minnesota pro sports.

Gil is survived by his children Sheila White of Ellendale, Gary (Debra) Nelson of Clara City and Brenda (Randy) Dokken of Albert Lea; six grandchildren, Herb (Lori) Moon, Tiffany (Josh) Krueger, Joe (Mandy) Moon, Brock (Heather) Nelson, Geoffrey Nelson,  Johnny White and Holly Bates; great-grandchildren Ava, Jayda, Owen, Mikala, Graysen, Addie Jo,  Bryson, Meagan, Maddie and Ashton; many nieces and nephews; and one sister-in-law, Dorothy Towne, of Emmons.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Kay, in 2016; son-in-law, Greg White; mother and father-in-law Knut and Clara Hovland; brothers Lloyd and his wife, Bernice Nelson, Clayton and his wife, Audrienne Nelson; and in-laws Ervin Hovland, Earl Towne, Mavis and Donald Bartsch.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at St. John’s Woodlands and Mayo Hospice Albert Lea for their care and compassion given to Gil, and to the Rev. Richard Sliper for his visits and prayers with Gil and his family.