Aaron D.S. Nelson

March 10, 1922July 30, 2013

Aaron D. S. Nelson, 91, passed away at Community Hospital on July 30, 2013. Aaron, a native of Albert Lea, MN was the beloved husband of Muriel M. Nelson who preceded him in death on May 15, 2013. He is survived by daughter Karen (James) Anderson, sons Kurt (Karen) of LaGrange, IL, Mark (Karen) and John (Carla) of Highland, IN. He was also preceded in death by daughter Deanna Morgan. He was a proud grandpa to grandchildren Alicia, Darren, Matthew, Paul, Christopher, Eric, Lisa, Jennifer, Julie and Valorie, and great-grandpa to eight great grandchildren. He is also survived by brother Paul Nelson of Iron Mountain, MI, and sisters Phyllis Haaland of Duluth, MN, Helene Westrum of Albert Lea, MN and Carol Olsen of Chinook, WA, and preceded in death by brother David Nelson of Martinez, CA.

Aaron was a very successful man in life; he grew up very poor on a farm in rural southern Minnesota and he graduated with a degree in chemistry from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where he also sang in the choir and met the love of his life, Muriel. They married June 15, 1946 and moved to the Calumet Region where he joined Standard Oil of Indiana in Whiting, IN. He worked in the crude oil assay laboratory where he took great pride in his work and retired after 42 years of service in January 1989. Along the way, he and Muriel raised and helped provide college-funding for all 5 of his children because he believed so strongly in a good education.

Aaron and Muriel were instrumental in the development of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, where he wrote letters and canvassed the Griffith-Highland area on behalf of the United Lutheran Church in America to develop a congregation. They later moved to Griffith Lutheran Church where he served on the Board of Elders, visited shut-ins, served as a mentor to youths and sang in the choir. He had a strong faith in God and Jesus and loved serving his church.

Aaron dearly loved his family. He was very proud of Muriel and all of his children and took an active interest in their successes and the successes of his grandchildren as well. He was always there for them – watching their plays, concerts, sporting events, everything. When they needed him he was there for them. It is true when they say that anyone can be a father but it takes more to be a Dad, and he took it to heart. When he wasn’t busy with church or family obligations, you’d find him busy working on his cars, his house and his flower, fruit and vegetable gardens. Aaron and Muriel loved to travel across the United States and Europe, and made frequent trips to their home on Lake Mary in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.


  • Visitation Friday, August 2, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 3, 2013

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Suzanne Sanders (Nelson)

August 4, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time and now he will be reunited with his loved ones and Heavenly Father. Thank you for all of the wonderful photos of the family too! It was so nice to see them.


August 3, 2013

I only knew them both for a short time, but both Muriel and Aaron were amazing people. I took joy in giving them care and just watching them around each other at Wittenberg. A love like that can never be kept apart for two long, but now heaven has two beautiful angels in heaven. They have indeed taught me that love endures through all challenges.

Wm. LaDow

August 2, 2013

Kurt and family ...

Knowing you, your brothers and sisters since my childhood, I know what an incredible pair of parents your were blessed with. They are together again for eternity after an amazing life among us. As you know I lost my father at the age of 15 and my mother almost 20 years ago ... I can't emphasize how fortunate you, your siblings and grandchildren have been to have your parents till now. Aaron, Muriel and Deanna are all at peace now, alive in spirit among your family and friends. Take care ...

The Spiritual Care Dept. Franciscan St. Margaret Health

August 2, 2013

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help at this time

JOHN AND bevery boguslawski

August 2, 2013

To John and Family. There is no doubt that love for each other is the glue that held your Dad and Mother together and when that when your mother left God gave into his request and she left God knew to bring them together again. What a beautiful love story. They were a model for all marriages and Will be dearly missed. We will be carrying them in out hearts and will be saying very SPECIAL PRAYERS FOR THEM

JOHN and Bev Boguslawski

August 1, 2013

I'm so sorry to all of you. Please know my prayers are with you. He will be missed by all who knew him. Pat Harmon

Denise Wachowski

August 1, 2013

John & Family,
My heartfelt condolences to your enire family on the loss of your Dad. Your parents were such a beautiful couple and now they are reunited in heaven.

Judy Boos

August 1, 2013

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.