Clifton “Clif” E. Nelson, age 90, of Litchfield, formerly of Grove City, passed away Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson, Minnesota.
Funeral Service will be Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at 11:00 A.M. at Peace Lutheran Church in Cosmos, Minnesota.
Interment will be held in the Peace Lutheran Cemetery, with Military Honors by the Beack-Thompson American Legion Post 126 of Cosmos.
Visitation will be Tuesday, November 14, 2017, from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. at Peace Lutheran Church in Cosmos, and will continue for one hour prior to the service on Wednesday, all at the Church.
Clifton Erwin Nelson was born January 8, 1927, at his parents’ home in Cosmos Township, Meeker County, Minnesota. He was the son of Erwin and Clara (Arnold) Nelson. Clif was baptized on January 21, 1927, at Peace Lutheran Church in Cosmos, and was confirmed in his faith there on June 1, 1941. He grew up in Cosmos Township, and attended District 81 School.
Clif entered the United States Army on June 3, 1946, serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was honorably discharged on December 15, 1947.
On December 23, 1949, Clifton was united in marriage to Faith Anderson at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brookfield Township. Four children blessed their marriage: Robert, Douglas, Bruce, and Becky. Clif and Faith made their home in Danielson Township. They shared nearly 68 years of marriage.
Clif was a life-long farmer, and also sold seed and feed. He was a member of the Beack-Thompson American Legion Post 126 of Cosmos, and the DAV. He enjoyed fishing and playing cards. Clif and Faith enjoyed the time they spent traveling together.
On Sunday afternoon, November 12, 2017, Clif passed away at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson, having reached the age of 90 years. Blessed be his memory.
Clifton is survived by his:
Wife, Faith Nelson;
Children: Robert Nelson and his wife Luyen of Rosemount, Minnesota,
Douglas Nelson and his wife Lorchelle of Litchfield, Minnesota,
Bruce Nelson and his wife Linda of Grove City, Minnesota, and
Becky Renstrom and her husband LeRoy of Litchfield, Minnesota;
Grandchildren: Tom (Danielle) Nelson, Joseph Nelson, Lucas (Christy) Nelson, Brandie (Randy) Bachman, Brittney (Chris) Nelson, Kate (Trevor) Berger, Lance (Jolene) Nelson, Eric (Chelsey) Nelson, Nicole (Michael) Lehrer;
Great-Grandchildren: Kaylie Nelson, Sophia Nelson, Gabe Nelson, Jack Nelson, Abby Bachman, Zachary Bachman, Addie Nelson, Andrew Nelson, Kendell Berger, Micah Berger, Ryan Berger, Kaiden Nelson, Logan Nelson, Brooklyn Nelson, Madison Lehrer, and Britton Lehrer;
Brother: James Nelson and his wife Judith of Litchfield, Minnesota;
Sister: Donna Johnson of Sibley, Iowa;
Sister-in-law: Deanna Nelson of Cosmos;
nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
Clifton was preceded in death by his parents, Erwin and Clara Nelson, brother Donald Nelson, Brother-in-law Keith Johnson, and sister-in-law Muriel Nelson.
Deb Johnson says
I am so honored that I got a chance to meet Clifton. Such a wonderful man! Sympathy, thoughts and prays to the family.
Rodney H Hess of Princeton MN says
So sorry to hear about Clifton. My thoughts are with you, and the entire family.
Lyle and Judy Arnold says
We want to extend our condolences to Faith and family. My child hood and early life in Cosmos is recalled as I think of Clif and the whole Nelson family. I am sad to hear of his passing but glad to have some great memories of the farm life I experienced on the Nelson family farm north of Cosmos. The holiday family gatherings, harvest time, milking time, and all the other chores remain fixed in my mind and are part of me forever. I recall Clif as always happy and smiling; he will be missed. Our thoughts and hearts are with you all. God Bless. With Love and Respect, Lyle and Judy Arnold.