Alvin E. Nelson, 94, slipped from earth to heaven on Nov. 2, 2012. Victory!! He often said, "I am among all men most blessed." And he was a blessing to all who knew him. A memorial service will be held at the Thorne Crest dining room at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. Jamie Cameron will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be designated to Thorne Crest for use in the chapel. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.
On Jan. 15, 1918, Alvin Everett Nelson was born on a farm near Alta, the son of Nels and Agnes (Petersen) Nelson. He attended Highview Consolidated School north of Alta. Alvin accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior and was baptized at the Elk Baptist Church where he later became president of the youth group. He also served as a member of the Northern Iowa Danish Baptist Youth Board. On April 19, 1941 Alvin was united in marriage to Evelyn Jane Petlon. They were blessed with two daughters and two sons. They farmed together near Storm Lake. Following in his father's footsteps, Alvin's special project as a young farmer was his herd of purebred Duroc hogs. He served on the Board of Directors of Fairview Consolidated Schools, became the Clerk of Scott Township, a committee member of Farmer's Home Administration, and a Sunday School teacher and Treasurer of Elk Baptist Church.
Those who preceded him in death include his parents; Evelyn, his faithful and loving wife of sixty years to the day; his two sisters, Ruth (Delmer) Ross, Bernadine (Wayne) Gaston; his two brothers, Woodrow (Irene) Nelson, and Floyd Nelson.
Surviving him are Ardys, his loving wife of nine years; his four children: Jim (Nan) Nelson, Jane Ann Nelson, Susan (Ken) Jump, and Frank (Rosemary) Nelson; three stepchildren: Joan (Bob) Porter, Steve (Bonnie) Fogdall, and Jon Fogdall; nine grandchildren: Tim (Nikki), Eric (Teresa), Christine(Chad), Dan, Cory (Steffani), Amy (Chris), Angela (Richard), Paul (Kaz) and Joel (Ann). nine stepgrandchildren; 16 great grandchildren and 11 great stepgrandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Marian Nelson and Gwendolyn Miller; one brother-in-law, Bob Petlon, and numerous nieces and nephews.