Olaf "Ole" Nelson

Olaf "Ole" Nelson, age 75, of Midland, died Tuesday evening, July 10, 2007, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital.

Services were held Saturday, July 14, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland, with Pastor Paul Bly officiating.

Music was provided by Joyce Wheeler, Lyndy Ireland and James Nelson. Ushers were Mickey Daly, Jim Petoske, Richard and Lane Butler.

Pallbearers were Wes, Wayne, Wade, Justin, Curtis, James, Bryan, Chandler, Austin, Abbigail, Aaron and Savannah Nelson.

Interment with military honors by the American Legion Post #143 was in the Midland Cemetery.

Olaf Nelson was born September 8, 1931, at the family farmstead north of Midland, the son of Oliver and Edrie (Faubel) Nelson. He grew up and received his education north of Midland, attending the Pleasant View rural school and Midland High School, graduating in 1949.

After graduation, he worked on the ranch for a short time before entering the United States Army. Ole served in the Korean War. While in the service Ole received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

After his honorable discharge, Ole returned to the ranch where he worked with his father and brother.

Ole was united in marriage to Rose Rittel on July 22, 1964, in Kadoka, SD. They lived on the farm-ranch northwest of Midland all their married life.

Grandkids were Ole's pride and joy, cherishing every moment he spent with them. Ole enjoyed everyday life on the farm and music, playing the piano, banjo, mandolin, as well as singing. He was a member of the "Farm-hands" band and also played with Pee Wee Dennis in his band.

Survivors include his wife, Rose, of Midland; five sons, Wes Nelson and his wife, Nikki, of Midland, Wayne Nelson and his wife, Stacey, of New Underwood, Wade Nelson and his wife, Becky, of Ft. Pierre, Justin Nelson of Durant, IA, and Curtis Nelson and his wife, Tanya, of Pierre; eight grandchildren; two brothers, Clayton Nelson of Pierre and Roald Nelson of Philip; three sisters, Arline Petoske and her husband, Clarence, of Midland, Nadine Stamm and her husband, Richard, of Greensburg, LA, and Marcia Jackson and her husband, Bill, of Hot Springs; one sister-in-law, Delores Nelson of Anderson, CA; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Ole was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Jennifer Nelson, on January 16, 2007; and a brother, Rupert Nelson, in the Korean War.

A memorial has been established. Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip. Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com