Alan R. Nelson, of Palm Desert, Calif., and Winona, Minn., died on April 30, 2018, at Good Shepherd Health Center in Mason City, Iowa, following a lengthy illness.
He was born in Minneapolis on February 17, 1942, to Evelyn (Gaustad) and Raymond Nelson. After graduating from De La Salle High School, he joined the United States Marine Corps. He attended the University of Minnesota. He married Carole Hackl in 1963, and they moved to Winona in 1968.
He is survived by his wife; his children, Christopher (Lynne), Eagan, Minn., Carrie (Bob) Berg, Mason City, Iowa, Camille (Jeremy) Kuck, Papillion, Neb.; and 11 grand-children, Kiersten, Gwendolyn, Karin, Kylie, Forrest, Alaina, Mason, Sawyer, Joseph, Kendall and Nolan; siblings, Mary (Jim) Johnson, James, Julie (Michael Jubert). He was pre-deceased by son, Craig; his parents; and sister, Anne.
Al enjoyed fast cars as “The Quartermaster” in high school, boating, snowmobiling, dirt-biking, motorcycle touring, sailing, and golf. He was one heck of a card player and could tell stories like no one else. He was a long-time employee and eventual president of Winona Agency in Winona, Minn., before retiring in 2000; Chartered Property-Casualty Underwriter (CPCU); longstanding volunteer with the “Big I” Education Committee and testified before the state legislature; volunteered with the Winona-Area Jaycees, YMCA, Kiwanis, Elks, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona Country Club and Ironwood Country Club.
His memorial mass will be at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 360 Main Street, Winona, Minn., at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 7. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. There will be a private interment. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Winona Family YMCA building fund at http://www.winonaymca.org/donate or 207 Winona Street, Winona, Minn., 55987. Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.