Douglas D. Nelson of Dassel died at his home Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at the age of 74.
Douglas D. Nelson was born Dec. 8, 1944, in Litchfield, son of Myles and Delia (Arnold) Nelson.
He grew up in the Dassel area and attended Dassel High School.
Doug was a lifetime member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church, where he was both baptized and later confirmed.
Doug was united in marriage Nov. 27, 1970, to Margaret “Muggs” Kennedy in Brookings, SD. Together, they made their home in Anoka, before moving to Dassel. In 1977, they purchased their home where they have since resided.
Doug worked in auto body repair at Iten Chevrolet, Brookdale Pontiac, and had a 30-year career at Village Chevrolet in Wayzata.
He loved to spend time in the garage, tinkering and working on cars, as he had a love for old classic cars and his beloved John Deere lawn mower.
He enjoyed mowing the lawn, fishing, and spending time at their cabin. He could often be found sitting on the deck watching the deer, birds, and just enjoying nature and the wildlife.
He was fond of the times he would get together with family, whether it be just visiting, shaking dice, or playing cards.
Doug always had a special spot in his heart for his wife, his daughters, and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret “Muggs” Nelson of Dassel; children, Kelly (Chris) Hyland of Isanti, Kerry (Scott) Kowalski of Chetek, WI; four grandchildren, Logan Hyland, Nolan Hyland, Peyton Kowalski, and Brielle Kowalski; siblings, Mary Jackson of Dassel, Joe Nelson of Dassel, Doris Koser of Portland, OR; sister-in-law Gail Nelson of Darwin; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Myles and Delia Nelson; siblings, Lloyd Nelson, Jerome Nelson, Geri Jorges, Patricia Barritt, and Janet Koelln.
A graveside service took place Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Dassel Community Cemetery, with Rev. Laurie O’Shea officiating. There was a time to gather with the family at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church following the graveside service.
The family was served by Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.