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Yankton, S.D. - Alton A. Nelson, age 91, of Yankton, SD died Friday, July 13, 2012, at the Avera Yankton Care Center, Yankton, SD. A Memorial Service will be 11:00 AM, Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Chapel, Yankton, with Rev. Paul Opsahl officiating. Burial will be in Minnesota at a later date. Visitations will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
 
Alton Alexander Nelson was born September 19, 1920 in Holt, Marshall County, MN to Axel and Anna (Nygaard) Nelson.  He attended schools through grade 9 in ND, Canada, and MN. Alton worked at Vega Aircraft, Burbank, CA in Sheet Metal and Repair until drafted into the US Army Air Force in WWII and served December 1942 to December 1945, where he was a member of the 24 Mobil Reclaimation and Repair as an airplane mechanic.  On December 30, 1948 he married Margaret Meyer in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, MN.  A son, Alexander John was born 1950, daughter Christine Margaret 1953.  After his honorable discharge, he earned a GED in 1949 at Lincoln High School, Thief River Falls, MN.  He attended Area Vocational School taking the electrical engineering courses.  In 1974, he passed examination for Electrical Engineering Technician.
 
His powerhouse employment began in Thief River Falls as diesel electric power plant operator.  From 1957-63 he was employed at Ft. Randall Dam, Pickstown, SD and 1963-81 at Gavins Point Dam in Yankton, SD where he held various positions and retired as Engineering Technician in January 198l. In retirement he handcrafted violins, guitars, banjos.
 
Alton is survived by his wife Margaret of Yankton, SD, son Alex of Arvada, CO, and daughter Christine Stevens of Rapid City, SD. He is also survived by his sisters, Marie Coffman and Shirley Jesperson; half-brother James Matson; and half-sister, Janice Matson.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter; three infant brothers; an infant sister; a brother Adrian in 1996; sister Audrey Erickson in 1999; brother Eugene in 2011; and his half-sister Gaylene Race on July 13, 2012.
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