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Lancaster, Minn. - Gordon Nelson, 96, Lancaster, Minn.,  at Kittson Memorial Healthcare Center in Hallock, Minn., Nov. 1, 2012.
Gordon was born in Minneapolis to John and Ellen (Carlson) Nelson June 20, 1916. In March of 1920 his family moved to Lancaster. He attended school in Lancaster and played basketball on the high school team. He graduated in 1934. After finishing high school he and his brother, Donald, began farming in Granville Township of Kittson County.  
In 1943 he was united in marriage to Marjorie Kain.  They opened “Gordon’s TV and Repair Shop in Lancaster and in 1960 they purchased the Hardware Hank Store, operating it until 1988. In addition to farming Gordon also worked at MCI in Pembina, retiring in 1988. He enjoyed farming and even in retirement took an interest what was happening at the farm.    
Gordon and Marjorie wintered in Texas until 1999 when they sold their home there.  Gordon was a member of Sion Lutheran Church.  His passion was Barbershop Music and in the early 60’s organized the Kittson County Chapter of the SPEBSQSA. His group was known as the “Tranquilizers” and included Darrel Zimmerman, Doc Hoffman and John Hoglin.
Family members include his wife, Marjorie; a son, Todd (Cindy) Nelson, Lancaster; five grandchildren, LaVonne Dvorak, Jeff, Dan, Lance and Luke Nelson; nine great grandchildren; a sister, Margaret Auge, St. Paul; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, Kurt; a brother, Donald; a sister-in-law, Verne and a brother-in-law, Ray.  
Funeral services were Nov. 5, 2012 in Sion Lutheran Church, Lancaster. Interment was in Riverview Memorial Garden Cemetery, Lancaster.  
Pastor Kathy Levenhagen, presided; Kris and Don Thorlacius, duet; Jacki Przekwas, organist.
Pallbearers were Dan Nelson, Jeff Nelson, Luke Nelson, Lance Nelson, Judson Nelson and Pat Yutrzenka.

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