Russell W. Nelson, 98, Monticello

Russell Nelson

Russell W. Nelson, age 98, of Monticello died Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 at Centra Care in Monticello. Visitation was Friday, Feb. 7, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Monticello. Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Monticello.  Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.

Russell William Nelson was born on the family farm on June 1, 1915, in Silver Creek Township, rural Monticello, Minnesota.  He attended Larson Country School No. 8 and graduated from Monticello High School in 1933 and from The School of Agriculture, University of Minnesota, St. Paul in 1935.  On April 17, 1943, he married Mildred Magnuson of Hasty, Minn.

He lived on the family farm until age 95 when he moved to the Monticello Care Center.  He had been very active in the agricultural community having served on numerous boards including the Monticello Co-op Creamery Board and The American Dairy Association for more than 20 years as regional and state director.  He served Silver Creek Township for 35 continuous years as a supervisor and as a Planning and Zoning Committee member.

In 2004, he was named one of Wright County’s Outstanding Senior Citizens.  In 2012, his farm received Century Farm recognition.  He was active at Trinity Lutheran serving as an usher, council member, call committee member and on the parsonage and church building committees.

Russell was preceded in death by his wife: Mildred, his parents: Alfred & Martha, sister: Lorraine, and brother: Kenneth.

Russell is survived by three children: Gary Nelson of Monticello, Janet (George) Dahlman of Coon Rapids, Ronald (Mary Jo) Nelson of Elk River. Eight grandchildren: Amy Nelson, Tanya (Jason Horst) Nelson, Ryan (Sara) Nelson, Bruce (Tricia) Dahlman, Brad (Katie) Dahlman, Joshua Nelson, Richard (Kelly) Nelson, Kenny Nelson. Ten great-grandchildren: Braydon, Ada, Ethan, Luke, Jordan, Zachary, Parker, Paige, Christian, Caleb.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo Served the family.  Online condolences may be made to