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Dr. LeRoy E. Nelson, 85

Dec 23, 2011

Bricelyn – Dr. LeRoy Elburn Nelson, age 85, of Bricelyn, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at Hospice of the Valley in Mesa, Ariz.

Funeral Services were held Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. The Rev. Luther Peterson officiated and burial took place in Bricelyn Lutheran Cemetery.

Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Bricelyn was in charge of arrangements.

Dr. LeRoy Nelson was born June 5, 1926, in Arlington, Wash., the son of Carl and Francis Nelson. He had three sisters and two brothers and they all enjoyed the areas’ lakes, Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains nearby. When he was 16, he moved with his family to Litchfield. He graduated from Litchfield High School in 1944 and made a defining decision in his life to enroll in the pre-veterinary course at the University of Minnesota. It was a happy day when he was accepted into the Veterinary School at Iowa State University. He worked his way through college and graduated in 1949. During his junior year he met Jeanne McAllister and they were married Jan. 1, 1950.

Shortly after graduation, an opportunity presented itself in Bricelyn and Doc Nelson jumped at the chance. Through hard work and dedication to quality veterinary medicine, over the next 10 years he developed a growing large animal practice, at which time he added a partner Dr. Jack Peterson. He practiced Veterinary medicine in Bricelyn and the surrounding area for 22 years. Then in 1972, he made a career change and worked as a USDA federal meat and poultry inspector and supervisor in Albert Lea until his retirement.

Doc Nelson was active in his community as a Member of the School Board, President of the Community Club, President and Trustee for the Bricelyn Lutheran Church, and a Member of the Voluntary Fire Department for 25 years. He served as President for the Southern Minnesota Veterinary Society and President of the National Association of Federal Veterinarians for the State of Minnesota for five years.

Roy enjoyed a variety of activities with his family and friends, including waterskiing and boating. He taught many young people from Bricelyn how to water ski and fishing in northern Minnesota was one of Roy’s favorite vacations with his family. He also enjoyed traveling back to his first home in the state of Washington and sharing his childhood memories with his family. Gardening played a big role in his life. Roy took pleasure in sharing his fruits, vegetables and flowers with his family and friends.

Last, but most important, Jeanne was Roy’s bride and friend, and this January 1st would have been their 62nd wedding anniversary; what a celebration of marriage. One of Roy and Jeanne’s favorite time together was traveling. Whether it was a family vacation to northern Minnesota, trips to the west coast of Mexico, or taking a cruise to Alaska or the Panama Canal, they loved to travel. In 1981, Roy and Jeanne made their first winter vacation stop to Phoenix, Ariz., and the rest is history. For over 30 years they have enjoyed spending their winters in Arizona, it truly became their home away from home.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne, of Bricelyn; two daughters, Julie Sabin (husband, Bill Taylor), of Grand Junction, Colo., and Nancy (Dave) Dornfeld, of Winona; one son, Paul (Mary) Nelson, of Louisville, Ky.; six grandchildren, Jammie and Rob Sabin, of Loveland, Colo., Julia and Laura Nelson, of Louisville, and Jacob and Rena Dornfeld, of Winona; three great-granddaughters, Madeline, Alisha and Cassandra Sabin, of Loveland; one sister, Dorothy Nelson; one brother, Carleton Nelson; six sisters-in-law; one brother-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Lorraine Thulin and Rona Tipka; one brother, Wayne Nelson; six brothers-in-law; and one sister-in-law.