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Paul "PJ" James Nelson

Fri, Mar 16th, 2001
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Paul "PJ" James Nelson, 75, of rural Wykoff, died March 13, 2001 at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester following a long illness.

He was born Jan. 23, 1926, in Austin, the son of Lars Christian Nikolai and Engeborg (Pedersen) Nielsen. He was raised in Austin, graduated from Austin High School in 1944 and served with the Marine Corp during World War II. He married Solveig M. Bjerke on July 8, 1945, in Grand Meadow. The couple made their home in Austin where he was employed by the Austin Police Department from 1946 to 1966. They then moved to the Twin Cities area where he worked as a supervisor at Silent Knight, a security company. He retired in 1988 due to ill health. In 1992 the couple moved to rural Wykoff. Paul was a member of the Wykoff American Legion and area pigeon clubs. He was a former member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church and Westminister Presbyterian Church, both of Austin.

Surviving are his wife; three sons, Stephen (Mary Lou) of Preston, James (Dorothy) of Blaine, Minn., Kenneth (Rose) of Minneapolis; a daughter, Karen (Dan) Clarin of Wykoff; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 12 step-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Lorraine LaPorte of Rochester, Joyce Anderson and Betty (Joe) Smith both of Austin; and a brother, John (Doreen) Evenson of Woodbine, Ga. He was preceded in death by a son, seven brothers and five sisters.

The funeral for Paul "PJ" James Nelson was held March 16 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wykoff with the Rev. Bernard Daiker of Christ Lutheran Church in Preston officiating. Burial following cremation will be in Carimona Cemetery in rural Preston at a later date. Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston was in charge of arrangements.

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