Clark Nelson, 1934-2019

Published 1:00 am Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Clark Wilford Nelson, 85, of Austin passed away peacefully Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, at Good Samaritan Society of Albert Lea.

Clark was born Aug. 5, 1934, in Geneva, to Wilford and Verna (Jensen) Nelson. He grew up in Geneva and attended Ellendale schools. On May 6, 1955, Clark was united in marriage to Dawn Sauke at Geneva Community Lutheran Church. Together they raised two children.

Clark Nelson

He worked for Hodgkiss Drainage, was a ditch digger and worked at the Geneva Elevator. He then was a supervisor for Ulland Brothers Inc. from 1957 to 1986, performing heavy highway construction until he became disabled. Clark enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings, fishing, camping and never missed an opportunity to tell jokes. His sense of humor will be missed by all who loved and knew him.

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Survivors include his wife, Unita Dawn Nelson of Austin; son, Wade A. (Carolyn) Nelson of Austin and his daughter, Wendy L. Burch of Austin; granddaughter, Angela M. Burch; and many other wonderful relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Wilford and Verna Nelson; sister, Janet Johannsen; nieces Maeta White and Tammy Johannsen; father- and mother-in-law Herman and Grace Sauke; brother-in-law, Donald Hope; and sister-in-law, Cheryl Sauke.

Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin. The Rev. Mark Van House will officiate. A visitation will take place for one hour before the service at the church. Interment will be at a later date.

Memorials can be directed to recipient of donor’s choice.

Services were pre-arranged and will be performed with Worlein Funeral Home of Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at