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LeMar Nelson, 1932-2020

LeMar Arden Nelson, 87, of Blooming Prairie passed away Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at Masonic Homes in Bloomington.

LeMar Nelson

LeMar was born November 19, 1932, in Watertown, South Dakota, to Arthur and Esther (Carlson) Nelson. He graduated from Strandburg High School in Strandburg, South Dakota, in 1950. He attended General Beadle State Teachers College in Madison, South Dakota, (thus the nickname “General”). He began teaching in Chester, South Dakota, in 1954 and began teaching in Blooming Prairie in 1957 where he taught, coached and was principal for 35 years until his retirement in 1992.

On Aug. 10, 1959, he was united in marriage to Anne Barkley. They enjoyed camping, traveling and reading. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed theater, especially musicals. He loved singing and was a member of the First Lutheran Choir for 60 years. After retiring from teaching, he wrote for the local newspaper until his death, covering sports and writing a personal column.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Anne. Survivors include his daughters Anne (Vern) Benson of Edina, Teri (Rich) Hendrickson of Richfield and Renee (James) Orrell of New Hope; grandchildren Trista (Jay) Hansen, Jesse (Lisa) Benson and Rebecca Hendrickson; great-grandchildren Tyler Hansen, Anna Benson and Sophia Benson; sister, Dorothy (Norman) Bennett; brothers Randy (Joy) Nelson and Paul (Sharon) Nelson; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie with the Rev. Heidi Heimgartner officiating. A visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family would like all donations to go to a LeMar Nelson scholarship fund to be set up in the near future. Services are performed by Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.