In memory of
David R. Nelson
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In memory of
David R. Nelson
David R. Nelson David R. Nelson was born on July 27,1942 in Britton, South Dakota. He died on October 13, 2016, at the age of 74 at the Sanford Hospice Cottage, Sioux Falls, SD. Dave graduated from Edgeley High School in Edgeley and North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton, ND. He was united in marriage to Darlene Berger on April 29, 1973 in Jackson, MN. Dave and Dar moved to Sioux Falls in 1976, where they were blessed with two daughters, Stephanie and Angela. Dave began his auto body career in Watertown, SD. He worked at Thurmer's Body Shop in Jackson, MN from 1962 to 1976, and for 28 years worked for Chevrolet of Sioux Falls. He most recently worked at Vern Eide and Schulte Subaru in Sioux Falls, spending the final years of his career in auto body restoration. In addition to spending time with his family, Dave was always working on a classic car restoration project and was a fixture at local and national car shows. Dave had a love of John Deere tractors! He collected the toy precision line, frequented threshing bees, and restored a 1952 John Deere B, known in the family as "Brother John." He enjoyed fishing, tinkering in the garage (there wasn't anything that Dave could not fix,) and dining out at his favorite 'houses'…the Original Pancake House and Texas Roadhouse. Dave was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, being active in the Fellowship and Building Committees. Dave's feisty nature, sense of humor, and positive attitude touched everyone who knew and loved him. He was a mentor to many through his trade, his optimistic outlook, and his daily Facebook posts. Dave is lovingly remembered by his daughters, Stephanie (Tyler) Hoistad, Jensen Beach, FL and Angela (Dane) Ralston, Crozet, VA; grandchildren, Ian, Elise and Abigail Ralston and Mila and Nina Hoistad; brother, Charles (Jeanne) Nelson, Northglenn, CO; sisters, Marty Doyscher, Denver, CO, Carleen Syversen, Edgeley, ND, and Gail (Jim) Anderson, Mandan, ND; in-laws Sue Nelson, Edgeley, Harlan (Judy) Berger, North Mankato, MN, Norm (Mary) Berger and Evonne (Dave) Vilhauer, Sioux Falls; sons, Troy and Cory Martinson, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Darlene, parents June and C.P. Nelson, bother L. Peter Nelson, niece Sonya Nelson, and parents-in-law Gerhard and Leona Berger. A funeral service will be held at 10:00am on Tuesday, October 18 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls. The family will be present to greet friends on Monday, October 17 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home Southside Chapel. His online obituary and register book may be seen at . Memorial donations can be made to Sanford Hospice Cottage, 6309 W. 43rd St., Sioux Falls, SD 57106.
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