Lawrence J. "Larry" Nelson
Lawrence J. "Larry" Nelson
Lawrence J. (Larry) Nelson, 76, Aitkin passed away June 5, 2014 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center. Larry and his wife, Loa, resided in Aitkin in the historic home known as the Patrick Casey residence or Maryhill Academy (formerly the catholic school). The home was frequently opened to the community.
Larry moved to Aitkin with his family when he was in 4th grade. His father was transferred to Aitkin with the Minnesota State Patrol. Larry graduated from Aitkin High with the Class of 1955. His love for the community continued throughout his life and it was a joy to him to return to Aitkin in 2001 since many of his classmates had also returned.
Larry was a graduate of the University of Minnesota and after a brief stay with the IRS joined the FBI in August of 1963. He was proud of his FBI career, stationed in Arkansas, California, Washington DC, Alaska and Wisconsin during his tenure. He was promoted to Special Agent in Charge (SAC) during his time in Anchorage and retired as SAC, Milwaukee in 1989, after serving 26 years with the bureau.
Larry served as director of security, Assistant General Manager of Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha from 1989 through 1992 when he was pleased to return to Anchorage, Alaska as General Manager for Purcell Security, his primary role to oversee security for the oil companies operating the fields at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Larry and Loa moved to River Falls, Wisconsin in 1996 where they built and operated a Sears Dealer store until 2001 when they moved back to Aitkin.
Larry served two terms on the Aitkin City Council, was a member of the Aitkin County Library Board, and a member of the Historical Society. He enjoyed trapshooting as a member of the Wealthwood Gun Club. For many years he was an active member of several Congregational churches and was active in Rotary International, designated a Paul Harris Fellow. Larry had written articles for the Aitkin Independent-Age, and enjoyed his association with the American Peat Technologies Co..
Larry is survived by his wife of 25 years, Loa, son Mark Nelson (Denise) of Cary NC and daughter Kristin Nelson of Anchorage, Alaska, grandson Joseph Nelson (Emily) of Cary NC and great grandsons Henry and Charles and granddaughter Kaitlen Nelson of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Larrys former wife Jacqueline (Severson) Higby (Gordon) of Anchorage, Alaska. He is also survived by stepdaughter: Michele Schuh (Michael) Anchorage, Alaska, and her children: Sarah and Catherine and Step son Matthew Mueller (Loydene) Hillsboro, Oregon. He is also survived by brothers: Bruce (Donna) Nelson of Woodbury and Dennis Nelson of Andover and several nephews.
Larrys wishes were for cremation and his ashes will be interred at Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Aitkin Library, Riverwood Hospital Foundation or the Jaques Art Center.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 11 AM from the Heartwood Center in Crosby with Chaplain Susan Cline and Rev. Dallas Smith officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.