Oren K. Nelson, 63, Flaxton, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at his home in Flaxton.
Oren Kenneth Nelson was born Sept. 3, 1949, the son of Raymond Arthur and Esther Lillian (Johnson) Nelson, in Minot. He was raised in the Flaxton area and attended school in Flaxton and graduated from Flaxton High School in 1968. During high school, he played basketball and sang in the choir. He also sang with a quartet. He then attended North Dakota State University in Fargo for a couple of years, before being drafted into the Army for a couple of years. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War and was awarded a Purple Heart.
Following his honorable discharge from the Army, he worked as a welder in the Lignite and Tioga areas. He then farmed with his father in the Flaxton area for several years. Following his father's death, he continued to farm his father's land.
On May 1, 1977, he was baptized as a Jehovah's Witness in Mandan after learning the truth from the Bible. He was a member of the Powers Lake Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Oren loved to talk to all people about the Bible. He assisted with the building and landscaping of several Kingdom Halls in the North Dakota area.
He was known for his patience with children and dogs and his friends both in the local congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses and other congregations worldwide. He loved music and enjoyed wine and would give bottles of wine as gifts. He also enjoyed traveling, as he took a trip to France in 2001 and a trip to Connecticut as well.
Surviving family includes: sisters and brothers, Ila Rae Maki, Benicia, Calif., Arva Kae Walters, Portal, Dale Arnold Nelson, Watford City, Ona Faa Nelson, Flaxton, Eddy Dean Nelson, Lovelock, Nev., Coni Lee Evans, Reno, Nev., Mari Lyn Koreski, Kennewick, Wash., and Don Carlos Nelson, Flaxton; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Oren was preceded in death by his mother and father, Raymond Arthur and Esther Lillian Nelson; maternal grandparents, Karl Gottfred and Della Me (Bogges) Johnson; and paternal grandparents, John and Ella (Erickson) Nelson.
Memorial service: Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, 3 p.m., at Powers Lake Congregation Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses Church. Reception to follow at the Powers Lake Senior Citizen Center.
Interment: Bethlehem Danish Cemetery, rural Bowbells/Coteau.
Visitation: There will be no reviewal, but friends may sign the register Saturday, one hour prior to the service, in the Kingdom Hall.
Those wishing to sign the online register and share memories may access the online obituaries section at (www.thompsonlarson.com).
(Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot)