Ev Nelson

Ev Nelson, of Montgomery, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at the age of 84. Mass of Christian Burial is Monday, October 21, 2019 at 11:00 AM with visitation from 9:30 – 11:00 AM at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Father Miller & Father Sebastian will co-celebrate. Ev will be laid to rest at St. Patrick Cemetery, and his grandson, Brian Mack, will act as urn bearer.

On August 27, 1935, Everett Frederick Nelson was born to parents Beryl & Helen (Simons) Nelson. Ev was the oldest of nine children. He grew up in Mendota Heights and graduated from South St. Paul High School in 1954. Shortly after graduation, Ev began serving in the Naval Reserves.

As a young man, Ev met the love of his life on a double date. Her name was Joan Hasselton. Ev & Joan exchanged wedding vows at the Basilica of St. Mary on April 30, 1960. Their marriage was blessed with a daughter, Karen, and later an adopted son, Robert. They settled in Prior Lake to raise their family.

Ev owned Nelson Woodcraft Company in Prior Lake. He made custom cabinetry and other beautiful custom furniture. He was so creative and truly an artist. Ev provided a good life for his family, and Joan was right by his side every step along the way.

When Ev wasn’t working, he enjoyed camping, off-roading, fishing and canoe trips to the Boundary Waters. Ev loved being on the water and built a houseboat from scratch. He also enjoyed building model airplanes. He had many hobbies, but Ev was most passionate about hunting. He loved hunting deer, ducks, geese, pheasants and turkey. He never missed a hunting trip – even hunting in diverse places including Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, and Belize – and loved anything to do with the outdoors. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited and the Minnesota Wild Turkey Federation, and a lifetime member of the NRA. For many years, he shot sporting clays on a team at the Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club in Prior Lake. He was also a charter member of the Prior Lake Rotary Club.

In retirement, Ev and Joan wintered in Arizona. They brought their 5th Wheel to the same campsite near Phoenix the last 16 years. They made many wonderful friends along the way. People were never strangers for long as Ev made friends quickly. Family and friends were very important to him. He could sometimes have a tough exterior, but everyone knew he was a teddy-bear on the inside.

Ev will be missed and remembered always by his wife, Joan Nelson; daughter, Karen (Tony) Mack; grandson, Brian (Sara) Mack; great-granddaughters, Lillian & Grace; siblings, Diane Curfman, Rita Morris, Joe Nelson, Theresa Vitali, Josie Metz, & Frank Nelson; 24 nieces & nephews; other loving relatives and many dear friends.

Ev was greeted in Heaven by his son, Robert Nelson; infant son, Dale Nelson; parents, Beryl & Helen Nelson; brothers, Jimmy Nelson & Steve Nelson.

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  1. Sandy & Brent Kaul

    Dear Joanie and family, I am so sorry for the loss of Ev. He was a mighty fine fellow! At the PL Rotary Club, we mentioned him on occasion and are proud to call him a Rotarian friend and charter member (October 1978). I will cherish the island you and Ev built for me forever, again, I think of him often! Our sympathy for you and your family and may Ev rest in peace. May the Lord’s blessings are upon you and your family.

  2. My mom and I are so sad to hear about your loss, our prayers and condolences go out to you and yours.

  3. Gayle Cortez & Jim Swanson

    I have very fond childhood memories of Minnesota, with Ev being at the center of them. Jim and I very much enjoyed spending time with you & Ev and all of my mother’s cousins on our trips to the reunions; memories we will cherish for many more years to come. Our thoughts and hearts go out to you and Karen.

  4. Patricia G Bergren

    Joanie,Karen and family, I just saw the obituary in our paper and I want to offer my condolences to your family. Mom and dad always called you friends and we had wonderful memories of your family growing up in Prior Lake. I even remember babysitting the kids when they were small. Ev always had kind words with a gruff exterior and I enjoyed both Joanie and Ev growing up. Happy memories are so important at times like this. My mother passed in March and I know what you are going through. Love from my family (Langhorst’s) to you. God Bless, Patty Langhorst Bergren

  5. Dar & Sandy Fosse

    Joanie,
    Please accept our sincere sympathy for the loss of Ev. I have So many great memories of the fun we had together as fellow Rotarians over many years. He was a great man and I am proud to call him my friend.
    Wishing yo all the best.

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