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Lester 'Pete' Nelson

October 5, 1925 — October 12, 2023

Lester ‘Pete’ F. Nelson, age 98, of Grove City, MN died on Thursday October 12, 2023 at Bethany Assisted Living in Litchfield, MN.  A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, October 26, 2023 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City, Minnesota.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at church.  Interment will take place at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Grove City.

Lester ‘Pete’ Franklin Nelson was born in Rosendale, Minnesota on October 5, 1925 to Lloyd and Mabel (Brown) Nelson. He moved to Grove City in 1932 and graduated from Grove City High School in 1943.  From 1943 to 1946, Lester served in the Army Air Corps.  On June 24, 1951, he was united in marriage to Ila Youngberg at the Mission Covenant Church in St. Cloud.  They made their home in Grove City.  Pete owned and operated Nelson Brother’s Store from 1949 until his retirement in 1987.  During this time he was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and then Trinity Lutheran Church where he sang in the church choir for 50 years.  Pete was an active community member of Grove City and volunteered at the fire department for 31 years.  He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and spending summers at their cabin on Lake Alexandria in the summer and traveling to Arizona in the winter.

He is survived by his children Rebecca Vann of Grove City, MN and Mary (Bill) Janssen of Tea, SD; grandchildren Cameron (Chelsea) and Tracy Vann; great grandchildren Cohen and Cash; and his sister Eileen McCoy.

He was preceded in death by his parents Lloyd and Mabel; wife Ila;  daughter Barbara; siblings, Stanley and Norma; and his son-in-law, John.

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Visitation

Thursday, October 26, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Trinity Lutheran Church

54384 US-12, Grove City, MN 56243

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Memorial Service

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Trinity Lutheran Church

54384 US-12, Grove City, MN 56243

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