Bruce F. Nelson, age 67, of Hendricks, MN passed away Saturday, August 15, 2020 at the Hendricks Hospital. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at the Bethany Elim Lutheran Church in Ivanhoe, MN. Visitation will be Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the church. Social distance guidelines and 50 % occupancy at the church will be followed as well as masks will be required for all indoor gatherings. A 2 p.m. Graveside service will be held at the Walnut Grove Cemetery, Walnut Grove, MN. For those attending and those not able to attend the services, a social gathering and fellowship at the Nelson home closing out the day.
9 months prior to May 8th, 1953, God entrusted a soul to Vernon and Dorothy (Heinrich) Nelson and they christened him Bruce Fredrick Nelson. This soul loved farm animals and farm toys.
As a young boy, Bruce would walk to the city dump where the local hatchery would discard the “bad eggs.” As the hot sun would cause chicks to hatch from those eggs he would take them home, grow them and sell as butchered chickens. He saved enough money to buy his first white-faced Hereford at the local sale barn. He named his calf “Stinky.”
As an adolescent he convinced his parents to attend a heifer sale as he really wanted to milk cows. He convinced his high school sweetheart that farm life would be good and it was! The blessings beyond measure came as the four children were born to this union.
In addition to being survived by his wife, Julie (Linscheid) Nelson, he is survived by Ross and Jennifer Nelson of Enterprise AL, Ryan and Kate Nelson of Argyle TX, Angela and Jason Reber of Ft. Leavenworth, KS and David and Nicole Nelson of Columbia, MO. He adored his grandchildren, Reagan, Alexander, Garrett, Mary, Jackson, Jameson, Jayden, Orion, Samuel and Juliette. Bruce will meet unnamed grandchildren in heaven along with Atlas, Aurora and AnneMarie. In that place where God has gone to prepare for him, Bruce will catch up with his dad and brothers, David and Scot, his grandparents Fred and Ada Nelson and Otto and Jennie Henrich along with many aunts and uncles, especially Uncle Arden whom he loved working alongside.
He leaves to mourn his mother, Dorothy Nelson, brothers Brad and Julie Joy, Brett and Karol, sisters DaLana and Dan and Danielle and Kennedy, his mother-in -law Eunice Kassel along with all of Julie’s family and nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, cousins on both sides. Cousin Al, he loved like a brother. They had tackled many hay baling jobs and many football opponents with gusto. Brother Brett displayed much patience in all the projects, because you know the older brother seems to give all the orders. Things just won’t seem right for Biscuit his collie. Having been a Walnut Grove Logger, the couple farmed near Ivanhoe.