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In Memory of

Paul Leroy Nelson

August 16, 1951 - November 20, 2016

Obituary


Paul Leroy Nelson, 65, of Duluth, MN passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Sunday, November 20, 2016.

Paul was born to Leroy and Joan Nelson on August 16, 1951 in Clarkfield, MN. He had many adventures on the farm until the family moved to Willmar, MN when he was 8 years old. He later graduated from Willmar High School in 1969. He went on to attend Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where he received degrees in business and mathematics. Throughout his high school and college years, he enjoyed playing football and baseball and...

Paul Leroy Nelson, 65, of Duluth, MN passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Sunday, November 20, 2016.

Paul was born to Leroy and Joan Nelson on August 16, 1951 in Clarkfield, MN. He had many adventures on the farm until the family moved to Willmar, MN when he was 8 years old. He later graduated from Willmar High School in 1969. He went on to attend Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where he received degrees in business and mathematics. Throughout his high school and college years, he enjoyed playing football and baseball and made many great memories and friends along the way.

After college, Paul became a buyer for Dayton's department store. He was later asked to move to Kansas City, KS to help open and manage a new chain of leather stores. This is where he met his wife, Carolyn, to whom he was happily married for 36 years. Immediately after they were married, Paul pursued a new career as a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch in Duluth, MN. In 2008, he became a Senior Financial Consultant for Presidential Brokerage Inc/America's Retirement Store. He truly cherished the many relationships he developed with his clients throughout his career.

In 1985, Paul and Carolyn had a daughter, Stephanie. They had a very special relationship and shared many common interests. Together they regularly followed all Minnesota sports teams and became avid UMD Bulldog Hockey fans.

Paul lived an active life. He played competitive softball for many years. In addition, he played basketball, golf, and volleyball. He also enjoyed traveling with his family and, in his later years, gardening with his wife.

Paul was a compassionate and caring man. He was a devoted husband, loving father, and a great friend to many. He was passionate about his faith, family, job, and sports. He was steadfast in his love and service to God.

He is preceded in death by his father, Leroy; grandparents; sisters-in-law Pat and Patty; and brother-in-law Chester.

Paul is survived by his wife, Carolyn; daughter, Stephanie (Andy) McKinnon; mother, Joan, brothers, Wayne (Linda) and John of Willmar, MN; sister-in-law, Nell of Rockport, MA; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Monday, November 28, 2016 at Mount of Olives Baptist Church, 1500 Swan Lake Road, Duluth. The visitation will continue from 10:00 until the 11:00 a.m. funeral service Tuesday, November 29, 2016 in the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to encourage donations to Compassion International and CBN Ministries.