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Service Information
United Methodist Church, Montrose, MN
Thursday, December 12, 2013
1:30 P.M.

Visitation Information
The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo, MN
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
4-8 P.M.

Charles L. “Charlie” Nelson, age 71, of Montrose passed away at his residence on Friday, December 6th, 2013.

He was born on August 24, 1942 in Montrose the son of Charles W. & Nellie J. Rasmussen Nelson.

He was baptized and confirmed at The United Methodist Church in Montrose in October of 1942 and confirmed in the Christian faith on January 30, 1955. Charlie was a life- time, faithful member of the church.

On November 6, 1987, Charles L. Nelson and Connie Isakson were joined in holy marriage at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel. They enjoyed Twenty-six years of married life together.

Charlie was formerly employed for twenty-seven years as a Deputy for the Wright County Sheriff’s Department. He retired in May of 1998 as a Detective .

Charlie was passionate about everything he chose to become involved in. His friends, The Wright County Sheriff’s Department, Boy Scouts, his Church, Montrose Days,The Town of Montrose, Wright County Fair Board and Goldberg Bail Bonds. He had great hope for the City to fulfill the potential he felt in it. Most especially he cared for his family! He enjoyed each and every moment spent with everyone whether it was for one minute or a day.

His once a year fishing attempt, Memorial Day weekend, was 3 1/2
Days spent talking, laughing, fishing, canoeing, playing and most of all relaxing and enjoying time spent together. Building a cozy fire and holding hands.

Charlie had a great belief in our youth and thought each and everyone had potential. That’s where he focused on.
Through the years, Charlie would be thanked for various things that had changed a person’s life.

He was the voice of calm and reason. Thinking through his words before speaking. Charlie lived and breathed by a Scouts oath…”Trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent”.

Survived by his loving wife: Connie; children: Peter (Carol) Nelson of Pine Island, Eric (Mee Lee) Nelson of Minneapolis, Scott (Jamie) Isakson of Watertown, Melissa (Derrick) Abraham of St. Joseph and William (Kristie) Isakson of Litchfield; fourteen grandchildren: Anthony & Kelly Weigel; Annabelle, Charles, Leland and Francis Nelson; Ramsey, Avery and Gabrielle Nelson; Matthew, Drew and Noah Isakson; Devon Abraham; Alexis and Dylan Isakson; soon to be a great grandbaby Weigel; a sister: Carol (Darrell) Jacobson of Wyoming, Minnesota; a brother: Edward (Ruby) Nelson of Richfield; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by an infant brother: Lowell E. Nelson, his parents and by a sister: Alberta (Roger) Engel.

Funeral services for Charles “Charlie” Nelson will be held on Thursday, December 12th at 1:30 P.M. at The United Methodist Church in Montrose.

Interment will follow at Kreidler Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 11th from 4-8 P.M. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Further visitation will be held on Thursday, December 12th at the church one hour prior to services.

Casket Bearers will be Jim Carlen, Peter Nelson, John Quirk, Doug Block, Kevin Triplett and Rodger Hessedal.

30 Guestbook Entries

  1. Nikki and Tony Segler

    We are very sorry to hear of the loss of Charlie. The family is in our thoughts and prayers !!

  2. Nikki and Tony Segler

    We are very sorry to hear of the loss of Charlie. The family is in our thoughts and prayers !!

  3. Christina Bentfield

    Charlie was a great man. If it wasn’t for him we would not have the awesome cub scout and boy scout program that we have. My boys will miss him as well as my husband and I. He was a great deputy and mayor of Montrose. We love you Connie and we ask God to bless you and your family in your hour of need.
    Please place your hand on the Nelson family. Give them peace and help them heal during this time of need.
    I ask all of this in your name.. AMEN!

  4. Richard R Vickerman

    I found it ironic the Wright Co. Deputy Sheriff/investigator who made a living out of bringing folks to jail finished his career getting folks out of jail. You will be truly missed Charlie.

  5. Andrew, Bonnie and Ridge Hessedal

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Nelson’s family. Even though it’s been almost 30 years since I’ve been in Boy Scouts – every year about this time I think about Charlie pricing the Christmas trees, us scouts selling them, and I smile. Just one of many positive memories that I have of Mr. Nelson.

  6. Shelly Schultz

    I am so sorry for your loss. Connie…special hugs for you.

  7. Larry & Sheila Dalbec

    Dear Connie & family,
    We were so sorry to hear that Charlie passed away. Know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and the days ahead. Take care.

  8. Steve and Cathy Mortensen

    Connie and family;
    We are truly sorry for your loss. Charlie was a very special person. We will miss him dearly. His friendship was and will be treasured always.
    Our prayers are with you,
    Steve and Cathy

  9. Deb Pester

    So sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. Thoughts and prayers to you during this difficult time.

  10. Kelly Burns

    Charlie was an important person in my life and in the lives of so many others. I will always be grateful for his mentorship, integrity, and dedication. He will be missed.

  11. Jim and Dede McCulloch

    So sorry to hear about Charlie’s passing, Connie. You are in our prayers.
    Jim and Dede

  12. Shirley Mobley

    Charlie was a friend like no other. A truly great guy. I knew him on a personal and a business level and his values were the same no matter what. Connie, my heartfelt thoughts are with you.
    Love and hugs.

  13. Terry Dehmer

    Charlie was a great man and an inspiration to many of us. He helped launch many successful careers in law enforcement, thanks to his dedication to the Law Enforcement Explorer program in Wright County. He will be missed by many. Connie, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  14. Don Poole

    Cousin Connie, may our loving God of Peace and Hope draw near giving you all comfort in a time of sorrow.
    Love, Sonny & Vici

  15. Linda and Jim Fisher

    Connie and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Charlie will be deeply missed. You are in our prayers.

  16. Jennifer Robinson

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Nelson family. Charlie was a good friend of my dad’s and knew him all my life. He always greeted me with a bright smile and a kind hello whenever he saw me. He was a wonderful man who will be missed.

  17. Linda and Jim Fisher

    Connie and Family;
    So sorry for your loss. Charlie will be missed. You are in our prayers.

  18. Tammy Estrem (Ottenstroer)

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Charlie was truly a man with a precious soul and no doubt is now home with God.

  19. Cheryl Heimerl

    I will miss Charlie. He was my mentor in Scouting and in life. Connie, I am so sorry for your loss. I want to be there, but I can’t leave Don home alone. Just know that Charlie loved you with his whole heart.

  20. Del Haag

    Connie and family; Sorry to hear about Charlie. He was a mentor and an inspiration to a lot of people. Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. RIP Charlie.
    Del Haag

  21. Barry Jacobson

    Connie and family; You have my condolences and prayers. I will miss my Uncle Charlie. As a youngster I remember the man you all got to know. He was the same then as he was all the years later. He was much like his father, Charles W. We will miss you, Uncle Charlie

  22. Barry Jacobson

    Connie, Terri and I have a fond memory of our time at the park with Charles and you. I only wish that we could have been able to follow that up with more visits. Our hearts are heavy, and our prayers are with you and the rest of the family.

  23. Paul Johnson

    Charlie was a mentor who gave you credit when you did well, but also took time to work with you when you needed help. He wanted you to do well. His smile and wonderful sense of humor will always be remembered.

  24. Keri Bush

    Connie and Scott: I am so sorry for your loss. Charlie was a wonderful man and so fun to see at auctions or around town. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family

  25. Diane Lange Hance

    May God give you comfort and the strength you will need in the difficult days ahead. Charlie was a good man. I enjoyed working with him very much.

  26. Rena R Erickson (Denault)

    I am so sorry to hear of this great loss. He will surely be missed by the entire town of Montrose and Wright County. Plus all the boys he has helped throughout the years with the Scouts. Prayers are with Connie and the family during this terrible time.
    Rena, Jeremy & Scott

  27. Brian Triplett

    Charlie Nelson was a leader in every sense of the word. From leading the community of Montrose that he called his home as mayor, to starting and leading the town Boy Scout Troop. Spent many summers with Charlie at Scout Camp and the Hamburger Stand-not to mention the frigid Decembers at the Tree Lot. He led by example and I know a lot of young people are better off in their lives because of him-including me. You will be missed by many Charlie! My thoughts and prayers to Connie and her family.

  28. Donna Fredin

    We are so sorry to hear about Charlie. My mom, brother & I have known Charlie & his family for years….Charlie had character.
    However, I didn’t like how the obituary was put together. Somebody forgot to mention Beth, she was Charlies 1st wife they had two kids together Peter & Eric. They were married for a number of years not just a couple of years, not that it matters. They shared a life together, that’s what counts & it wasn’t mentioned and it should of been.
    Prayers to you all.

  29. Michael & Lindsey Gruttadaurio

    Our memories of Charlie are of a person who cared very much about people and had a sense of humor that was out of this world. We remember that he visited Mike when Mike was in the hospital all those years ago; we were pleasantly surprised that he went out of his way to visit. We remember the Gopher games and the fun it was with you guys out there tailgating.
    May the Lord bless you and keep you. Peace be with you.

  30. Carol Jacobson

    To Connie and the family. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart is heavy for all of you. I remember the last time I talked to my brother. He had been calling Ed and me on our birthday and when you answered …he was singing Happy Birthday. Last August he did just that again. He was a wonderful person, always trying to make everyone’s day brighter. Love and miss you Charles


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