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   Thief River Falls - Eugene “Pal” Nelson, 82, died on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012 at Oakland Park Communities in Thief River Falls.  
    Mass of Christian Burial was held  Monday, Feb. 6,  at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, with Father Rick Lambert presiding. Casket bearers included Jeff Matson, Bradley Johnsrud, Doug Horacheck, Jay Tunheim, Curtis Lerol and Kevin Lerol. Military honors were provided by the Thief River Falls American Legion and VFW Post. Interment was held at St. Bernard’s Cemetery, Thief River Falls.  
    Eugene Howard Nelson was born on March 12, 1929 to Axel and Anna (Nygaard) Nelson in Bannerman, Manitoba, Canada.  Later that year, they moved to Alsen, N.D. At the age of six, his family moved to Holt, and later to a farm near Rosewood. He attended the Rosebank Country School.      
   He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953.  He was stationed in Germany for part of his tour of duty. He was in the first armored division and worked as a tank mechanic. Following his service, he returned home to Thief River Falls.    
    On Dec. 26, 1953, Eugene was united in marriage to Karen Cecile Horacheck. Pal worked at Tunberg Motors in Thief River Falls in the parts department and then later as a salesman. They lived on the Iron Range in Minnesota and Eugene worked for Liggett and Myers Tobacco Company. He then returned to Thief River Falls and worked at Border Drug in Thief River Falls as a salesman. Pal had several illnesses, including Multiple Sclerosis, through his life, but he didn’t let that hold him down. He never complained about them.  
    In his younger years, Eugene enjoyed fishing and hunting.   He enjoyed his cabin at Pine Lake for several years. Visiting with friends and socializing earned him the nickname of “Pal.”  Pal was a life member of the Thief River Falls American Legion and VFW posts.  He was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.      
    He is survived by two children, Renae (Leslie) Nelson-Olson, Loveland, Colo., and Mark E. Nelson, Thief River Falls; two grandchildren, Ryan (Barb) Olson, Boise, Idaho, and Derek Olson, Denver, Colo.; one great-grandchild, Matthew Olson, Boise, Idaho; brothers, Alton (Marge) Nelson, Yankton, S.D., Jim (Diane) Matson, Thief River Falls, sisters, Marrie (Harold) Coffman, Sun City, Ariz., Shirley (Russell) Jesperson, Thief River Falls, Janice Matson, Thief River Falls,  Gaylene Race, Manhattan, Kan., sister-in-law, Esther Nelson, Brainerd, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.  
    Pal wass preceded in death by his wife, Karen, on March 26, 2009; parents Axel and Anna; stepdad, Thomas Matson; brother Adrian Nelson; two sisters, Audrey Erickson and Marilyn Kuzel.  
    Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.              A00003B2012FB08