Daniel William Nelson was born in Little Falls, Minnesota on November 17, 1949. Sadly, he passed away on Saturday, August 14, 2021, after a short illness.
His parents were George William and Bertha Elvira Nelson. He grew up in Freedom, Minnesota, attending school and graduation from Little Falls High School in 1967.
Dan had fond memories of his childhood in Minnesota. He especially loved his church in Little Falls, taking his eldest daughter there whenever the family was in the area. As his own children grew up, he rarely allowed them to miss going to church unless they were either running a fever or throwing up. Of course, he became less strict about that as the younger children grew. He personified commitment through all of his actions on a daily basis.
Dan joined the U.S. Navy in July, 1970 and was honorably discharged in 1990 after serving twenty years, retiring off of the U.S.S. Mississippi and earning a National Defense Service Medal.
As the next step in Dan’s career, he worked to become a model employee for the US Postal Service, as a carrier and processing clerk, working with them until the spring of 2019, when he retired for the last time. This retirement enabled him to devote more time to humanitarian efforts, offering assistance to everyone in need. He and his wife, Cherrie, delighted in providing fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as healthy meals for those unable to provide these essentials for themselves on a regular basis.
Committed, dedicated to those he loved, a very caring man who would try to help anyone out that was in need. He was also a very committed Christian, most currently a highly valued member of University Baptist Church, Kingsville, Texas. He was a church trustee, he loved tending to the church grounds, maintaining safety protocol such as updating fire extinguishers, and even lovingly preparing The Lord’s Supper for fellow believers every week. He rarely missed a church meeting or event and could always be counted on to take pictures or videos of church services, even mailing copies out to those unable to attend in person.
Dan Nelson is preceded in death by his parents, George and Bertha Nelson of Little Falls, Minnesota, and his infant daughter, Angel.
Dan Nelson was a devoted husband and father. He was happily married to his bride, Cherrie Ann Thomas Nelson for twenty-six years. His children, who will remember their dad as a man of his word, one who made a commitment and kept it are, Becky (Matt) Clark, Crystalyne Nelson, David Nelson, and Wendy Nelson; he is also survived by his grandchildren, Tyler and Jeanine.
Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 2, 2021, at University Baptist Church. Interment will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.
Services are in the care of Turcotte-Piper Mortuary, 205 General Cavazos Blvd. Kingsville, Texas 78363.
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