Arlon Nelson

May 11, 1937-Jan. 15, 2022

Arlon Nelson, 84,

Minot, died Saturday,

January 15, 2022, in a

Minneapolis hospital.

Arlon Francis Nelson

“Nels” was born in Flax-

ton, North Dakota, on

May 11, 1937, the son of

Frank and Edith Herman-

sen Nelson. He spent his

early years on a farm near

Flaxton, North Dakota.

The family then moved to

Bowbells and later to Vel-

va, North Dakota. Arlon

graduated from high

school in Velva, North

Dakota in 1955. When the

family moved to Powers

Lake, North Dakota, Arlon

acquired a self-taught

technical education and

worked at Tri Our Elec-

tric. In Powers Lake he

met the love of his life,

Faye Jeanette Albertson.

They were married on

April 11, 1959 and

remained devoted to each

other for more than 60

years until her passing in

May of 2019.

Arlon and Faye moved

to Parshall. In 1960 Arlon

enlisted in the U.S Army.

He was stationed in Ohio

before being sent to Am-

berg, Germany, a small

town near Nuremberg. He

attained the rank of Army

Specialist 4. Faye joined

Arlon overseas and while

living in Germany their

first son, Scott Arlon was

born. Upon their return to

the United States, they

resided in Parshall where

their family grew after the

birth of their second son,

Brent Allyn. Then in

1970, they adopted

Chrisanne Renae round-

ing out a beautiful family

of five.

Arlon was a plant en-

gineer for Reservation

Telephone Company in

Parshall for 36 years be-

fore retiring in 1999.

After retirement, Arlon

and Faye moved to Minot.

In 1954 as a junior in

high school, Arlon ob-

tained his novice class

amatuer (HAM) radio

license and his lifelong

passion for this hobby

was born. He obtained the

highest license class avail-

able and would devote

numerous hours to hobby.

He was a member of the

Souris Valley Amateur

Radio Club and the Teddy

Roosevelt Amateur Radio

Club. Nels, W0TUP,

earned the title of North

Dakota’s Ham Operator of

the Year and visited with

other operators in all 50

states and over 130 coun-


Arlon enjoyed other

hobbies over the years as

well: photography, fish-

ing, metal detecting to

name a few. Faye and Ar-

lon also played country

and western music all

over the local area in a

number of different bands

with many of their dear


Arlon had a kind heart

and fun loving spirit.

There is nothing he loved

more than connecting

with friends and family

through the years. He had

a unique and special con-

nection to all those he has

left behind.

Arlon is survived by his

sister, Sonia (Jan) Zamir,

Tucson, AZ, sons Scott,

Pierre, SD, Brent (Karen),

Golden Valley, MN,

daughter Chrisanne,

Minot, five grandchildren,

Cassandra (Michael)

Patterson, Edward, Nata-

sha, Stephen (Denice),



Eleanor Patterson;

sisters-in-law, Iva (Don

Hysjulien) and Celeste

(Todd) Heidbreder; aunt

Arlene Johnson along

with numerous nieces and


Arlon was preceded in

death by his parents,

Frank and Edith, and his

loving wife Faye.

Celebration of Arlon’s

Life: 11:00 a.m. Saturday,

January 22, 2022 at Bethel

Free Lutheran Church,

Minot. To view a lives-

tream of the service or

share memories and con-

dolences access his obitu-

ary at www.thomasfamily


Interment: Rosehill

Memorial Park, Minot

Visitation: Friday, Janu-

ary 21, 2022 from 4:00

p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the