Terry Nelson

August 10, 1947 – April 03, 2021

Terrence “Terry” Nelson 73 of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away suddenly on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at Sanford Medical Center in Thief River Falls, MN.

Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday April 8, 2021 at 11:00 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Father Bob Schreiner Officiating. Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Red Lake Falls, MN.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday 5 – 8 PM with a 7 PM prayer service at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls and also one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

Terry Allen Nelson was born August 10, 1947 son of Kenneth and Elizabeth “Betty” (Watson) Nelson in Valley City, ND. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Valley City, ND. He attended School at St. Catherine’s in Valley City from 1st grade through High School graduating in May 1965. He attended Dakota Business College in Fargo, ND, graduating in June 1967.

Terry married Linda Alice Oster on May 20, 1967 at St Anthony’s Catholic Church in Fargo, ND. They had two children Brian and Elizabeth. Terry worked for Giesler Implement of Valley City as the office manager, North Dakota State Tax Department in Jamestown, ND as a tax auditor. Goodyear tire and rubber as credit manager and store manager in Jamestown. Tireland in Thief River Falls as store manager. In 1977 he purchased a gas station in Red Lake Falls, MN making it a full-service gas and tire shop selling in the spring of 1983. He started a milk hauling business that he sold to Brian Keller in 1990. He then worked for National Farmers Organization as field man working his way up to regional manager, retiring in May 2010. Following his retirement, he worked for Sam’s Club, St. Joseph Catholic Church and Memories Café.

Terry was active in his church serving on Parish council, choir member, and as a sacristan and communion minister. Terry helped start the Thanksgiving meal in 2011 and being very active every year. He enjoyed fishing, playing games and cards with family and friends. Terry had an infectious laugh, who will be remembered as a kindhearted man, a loyal friend and a dedicated Red Lake Falls sports fan.

Terry is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Linda Nelson of Red Lake Falls, MN; children Brian (Joan) Nelson of Maple Grove, MN and Beth (Brian) Keller of Red Lake Falls, MN; grandchildren Allison (Samuel) Santos of Duluth, MN, Samantha Keller of Fargo, ND, Hailey (Jake) Ness of Dilworth, MN and Brandon Keller of Red Lake Falls, MN; siblings Thomas (Linda) Nelson of Custer, SD, Barb Sterling of Killen, AL, Susan (Jack) Patrick of Cheyenne, WY, Linda (Jim) Stuart of Casper, WY, Diane (Mark) Nolte of Valley City, ND, Mike (Dalene Brock) Nelson of Valley City, ND, Pam (Gaylen) Jensen of Hazen, ND, David (Donna) Nelson of Washburn, ND along with many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Elizabeth Nelson; sister Cheryl Johnson, niece Chelsea Patrick, mother and father-in law Don and Joyce Oster.



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Wednesday, April 07, 2021
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church- Red Lake Falls

112 Edwards Avenue SW

Red Lake Falls, Minnesota 56750

Prayer service at 7:00 PM

Mass of Christian Burial

Thursday, April 08, 2021
11:00 AM

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church- Red Lake Falls

112 Edwards Avenue SW

Red Lake Falls, Minnesota 56750