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David Nelson Feb. 5, 1938 - June 5, 2009

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MOTLEY -- David N. Nelson, 71, of Motley, died Friday at his home.

The service will be at 11 a.m. today at United Methodist Church in Motley. Burial will be at a later date.

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Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Brenny Funeral Home of Staples is handling arrangements.

He was born Feb. 5, 1938, in Willmar to Norman and Agnes (Ruter) Johnson. He was entrusted into the care of Joel and Cecelia Nelson, who raised him. He grew up in Atwater and graduated from high school there with the class of 1956.

In September 1956, he married Arline Christianson in Long Beach, Calif. They returned to the Atwater and Diamond Lake area. In 1978 they moved to the Motley area. David was a bricklayer for most of his life, but also worked as a farmer, hunting guide in Wyoming, horse jockey and truck driver. After retiring in 2000, he worked as a licensed gun dealer.

He was a member of the Bricklayer's Union, saddle clubs and gun clubs and was a professional water skier.

He is survived by his wife; children: Sheila (and Mike) Stevens and Norman David (and Jill Klimek); five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister: Ellamae (and Jerry) Henry; brother: Wilbert (and Lisa) Bratsch; and foster sister: Elsie Potter.

He was preceded in death by one brother.

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