Leonard H. Nelson 91, Garrison, formerly of Douglas, left this world and joined his beloved wife in heaven on April 16, 2014, while a resident at the Benedictine Living Center in Garrison, N.D. The Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Garrison, with Father John Kandathiparambil as officiant. Arrangements are with Thompson Funeral Home in Garrison. Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 22, from 2 to 6 p.m., at Thompson Funeral Home. Rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at St. Nicholas Catholic Church. Burial will follow at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, south of Mandan, N.D., with full military honors provided by the AMVETS Post 9 Honor Guard of Bismarck at 3 p.m.
Leonard was born on Dec. 30, 1922, to Ole and Carrie Nelson. He was the youngest of seven children. Leonard grew up on the family farm five miles southwest of Douglas. He attended school in Douglas. After graduation he worked for a number of years in Minnesota and Texas, working for his brother-in-law, Irvin Gunter, in the bee business.
He enlisted in the Army and was part of the build up for an invasion of Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He resumed working in the bee business.
On Jan. 20, 1949, he married Evelyn White in Walhalla, N.D. They remained in Walhalla until spring at which time Leonard took over the family farm. Leonard farmed all his life.
He was a member of the American Legion Post in Garrison for over 60 years. Leonard enjoyed playing cribbage, solving crossword puzzles and was an avid reader.
Those left to cherish his memory are: sons, James (Alice), Bismarck, Norman "Joe" (Nita), of Douglas; daughters, Carrie (Mark) Ahmann, of Max, Gail (Dan) Leidholm, Coleharbor, and Brenda Ferri, Hopkinton, Mass.; grandchildren, James (JJ), Jodi (Brad) Meyer, Douglas (Nikki), Dwight and Scott Leidholm, Jesse and Cody Ahmann, Jackie and Jeffrey Ferri; stepgrandchildren, Susanne Selensky and Jeremy Johnson, along with great-grandchildren, Jackson and Henry Meyer and Addison Leidholm; stepgreat-grandchildren, Luke and Brooke Selensky and Dillon, Faith, Grace, and Maddison Johnson; numerous nieces and nephews including special nephews Neil Narum and Dick Gunter and lastly Jean Blonigen, his niece, who was more of a daughter.
Leonard was preceded in death by his wife; parents; one brother, Norman Nelson; and five sisters, Clara Narum, Myrtle Guenther, Ruth Budahl, Helen Norquist and Alice Blonigen.
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