Morris Nelson
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Morris Nelson, age 86, of Yankton, South Dakota died Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

Funeral services are 10:30 AM, on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Yankton with Reverend David Gunderson officiating. Burial will be in the Yankton Cemetery. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Friday, January 24, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM, officiated by Reverend Steve Weispfennig. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Pallbearers are Chris Nelson, Ehrin Nelson, Steven Hirsh, Leroy Hirsh, Chris Nelsen and Gary Huchtmeier.

Morris Ivan Nelson was born December 19, 1927 to Christian and Clara (Cook) Nelson. He was born on the family farm north of Yankton where he resided his entire life. Morris was baptized at First Congregational Church in Yankton on June 7, 1928 by Rev. H.H. Lindeman. He attended school at Prairie and Gunderson Schools north of Yankton and graduated from Yankton High School in 1945. Morris had a lifelong love for farming, first with his brothers and then later farming with his sons. The only time spent away from the farm were the years he served in the 549th Engineer Base Survey Company with the United States Army. He was stationed in California and Alaska during the Korean War from 1950 to 1952 and obtained the rank of Sergeant. On April 12, 1953, Morris married Ella Grunwald at St. John's Lutheran Church and was later confirmed in the Lutheran faith on June 26, 1956 by Rev. Walter Buss. Morris was an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church and served as an elder for several years. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 12 in Yankton. Besides farming and family, Morris also enjoyed the time spent woodworking in his shop.

Morris is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ella Nelson of Yankton; three sons: Dennis (Gloriz) Nelson, Darrell Nelson, and David (Lauren) Nelson, all of Yankton; and three grandchildren: Mary, Beatrice and Fredrick Nelson of Yankton.

Morris was preceded in death by his parents; infant twin granddaughters, Claire and Katie Nelson; sister, Leona Olofson; and three brothers: Harold, Luverne and Floyd Nelson.

Memorials may be directed to St. John's Preschool at 1009 Jackson St. or Missouri Valley Christian Academy at PO Box 902, both in Yankton.

Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.

My deepest sympathy goes to all of you in the loss of your beloved. He was a super uncle to me as well. May he be in heaven with His Father.

Cathy Nelson Stanton

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Morris Nelson. We always considered Ella & Morris our friends. He will be greatly missed.

Charles & Mary Lou Olsen


Sorry to hear about the loss of Morris. I also want to extend my sympathy to you and your family. Thanks for all the Rabe information. We are again in Az for the winter.

Harvey Rabe

Ella and Family,

My deepest sympathies for your loss. I will always remember the times we visited your house and the army reunions that we attended with you, my folks and the Army group. Morris was such a soft spoken, kind man with a warm smile.

Now dad and Morris can sing their army song together again- 'We're in the Army now, we're not behind the plow!'

May he rest in peace and may all your memories sustain you.

Ruth (Drotzmann) Wylie

Sioux Falls, SD

I would like to give all of you my deepest sympathy. I remember the times that I worked for Morris and his brothers. I really enjoyed working for your families. I learned a great deal from your family. It seems like only yesterday that I was coming over to your farm to see Dennis and go out on the town. What great memories. May the Lord bless your family at this time. You guys are in our prayers. When I am back in Yankton I will make an attempt to see if I can get together again and catch up on everything.

Steve Novak

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Much love, Michelle Stotz Gels

Michelle Stotz Gels

I just watched the video tribute to Morris. Wow, he had a great life. I really do miss him, though, and there is so much more than pictures to his life. With deepest sympathies.

Teresa (Nelson)

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