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Thief River Falls - Mike Nelson, 38, of Thief River Falls, died on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 at his home.  
    Funeral services were held  Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 at Zion Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, with Pastor Ollie Urdahl presiding. Casket bearers included John Weets, Jamie Lee, Wayne Engen, Troy Edberg, Travis Harbott and Steve Klaven. Honorary casket bearers included all of the Nelson Services Employees.  Inter was held at Bethesda Cemetery, rural  Strandquist.
    Mike Allen Nelson was born on May 17, 1974 to Clifford Allen and Lynette Helayne (Johnson) Nelson in Karlstad.  He was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Newfolden. He attended school in Newfolden and graduated in 1992. During high school, Mike worked in the peat fields. He attended the Northland Technical College in Thief River Falls, in the welding program during high school and graduated in 1992.
    He worked for the Soo Line/CP Railroad and the Minnesota Limited Pipeline.  Mike was the founder of Nelson Services Inc. He started out buying a piece of equipment that he ran and that continued to grow.  As the company grew, more and more equipment was added along with many dedicated employees.
    Mike married Kim Ann Davidson on March 12, 1996.  Mike loved flying and he got his pilot’s license about 11 years ago.  He received his instrument rating and had four airplanes.  He was an avid outdoors man and enjoyed fishing and hunting. In his younger years, he raced snowmobiles, ATV’s and mini sprints. Mike had a great sense of humor and loved to play practical jokes on his friends.
    He is survived by his wife Kim, Newfolden; parents Cliff and Lynette Nelson, Newfolden; one sister, Tracy (special friend Tim Langlie) Nelson, Thief River Falls; grandma, Agnes Johnson, Warren, parents-in-law, Ronnie and Sharon Davidson, Holt; paternal uncle and Godparents Ron (Fran) Nelson; paternal aunt, Betty Helm; maternal uncles and aunts, Lester Johnson, Larry (Judy) Johnson, Luann (Kendall  McGlynn) Johnson, Linda Bodell, and France Johnson; grandmother-in-law, Marion Davidson, Holt, brother- and sister-in-law, Kevin (Patty) Davidson and their children Chelsey, Kaylee and Cole, Newfolden, brother-in-law, Corey Davidson and his children Ashli, Corli, Riley, Brinli, Newfolden. Mike is also survived by many in laws, cousins, and friends.
    Mike was preceded in death by grandfather Helmer Johnson; grandparents, Otto and Evie Anderson and Chester and Clara Nelson; uncle Leroy Johnson; uncle Clyde Jenson and uncle John Bodell.
    In lieu of flowers, donations will be made in Mike’s honor.
    Family condolences many be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.
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