Donald Edwin Nelson - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

July 19, 1933 - November 17, 2022

Donald Edwin Nelson, 89, of Richfield, MN passed away on November 17, 2022 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born on a farm in Mahtowa, MN to Louis and Edna (Olson) Nelson on July 19, 1933. Upon graduating from Barnum High School in 1951, he enlisted in the Navy and served on the first angled-deck aircraft carrier during the Korean War. After serving, he moved to the Twin Cities where he married Shirley Hendrickson in 1957. They had two children.

Don worked a variety of jobs before being employed at what is now US Bank. He proudly worked there for over 30 years before retiring, working his way up from the paint shop to a vice presidential position in property management. In his spare time he could be found gardening, traveling, watching planes at the airport, and dedicating many hours to Southview Seventh-day Adventist Church. Don was a loving husband and father, always happy to tackle any project his wife, children, or grandchildren were undertaking. He was known as a hard worker, generous to all with his time, money, and talents. Even as disease stole his memories, he was still gracious and endearing to all who knew and cared for him.

Donald is survived by his children, Vicki (Scott) Turner of Kindred, ND and James Nelson of Richfield, MN; brother, Philip (Sharon) Nelson of Cambridge, MN; grandchildren, Jessica and Krista Turner and many nephews, nieces and relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Shirley; his brother, Gordon Nelson; and his sisters, Norma Jean Kobb and Helen Muhvic.

Many thanks to Matrix, Maxwell House, Abbott Northwestern and N.C. Little Hospice who all did such a wonderful job caring for Donald the last eight years.


  1. Don was an amazing person who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He was a favorite here at the
    Maxwell House. We never before met anyone who lived with his Alzheimer’s with so much grace.
    He loved you kids very much and was proud of both of you. We felt honored to have known and cared for him.
    God Bless

  2. Harry Simpson says:

    Fair winds and following seas sailor. “Boatswain… Standby to pipe the side… Shipmate’s going Ashore…” Thank you Donald for your service to this nation. U.S. Navy, Korea War Era.

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