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Charles Nelson

October 26, 1934 - September 05, 2011


5-7:00 P.M. Sunday, September 11 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Hillsboro.

10-11:00 A.M. Monday, September 12 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Hillsboro.

Prayer Service:

7:00 P.M. Sunday, September 11 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Hillsboro.

Funeral Service:

11:00 A.M. Monday, September 12 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Hillsboro.


Riverside Cemetery, Hillsboro N.D.


Wildeman-Boulger Funeral Home, Hillsboro.

Charles Nelson

October 26, 1934 - September 05, 2011


Charles W. Nelson, 76, Hillsboro died Monday, September 5 in his home under the care of his loving wife and Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Charles was born October 26, 1934 in Hillsboro, N.D. to Carl and Edna (Nelson) Nelson. He was baptized on January 13, 1935 at the Wesley United Methodist Church, Hillsboro. He grew up in Hillsboro and attended country school in Hillsboro Township School.

Charles married Donna Gisvold on November 8, 1958 in his parent’s home in Hillsboro. To this union, four kids were born.  Charles loved to play any kind of ball with his kids and followed his children and eventually grandchildren in various sporting activities during their school years.  Charles will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor.  Charles was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

Charles loved decorating for the holidays especially Christmas when he was well known for his lights and displays.  He enjoyed working in his yard and took great pride on its appearance.  In his later years he enjoyed spending time at the lake with family and friends.

Charles worked at Skelly Oil, Lindgren Buick, Hillsboro Auto and Mayville Motors in parts and later sales until health problems forced him to retire.  He enjoyed having coffee with the coffee crew until he was no longer able.

Charles is survived by his loving wife and caretaker, Donna Nelson, Hillsboro, N.D.; children, Dave (Tammy) Nelson, Hillsboro, N.D., Randy, West Fargo, N.D., Jolene (Kent) Sand, West Fargo, N.D., Janelle (Mark) Hochstetler, Sarasota, FL, grandchildren; Brad Nelson, Craig (Sara) Nelson, Lisa (Issac) Risbrudt, Molly Nelson, Derek, Kenna Jo and Kennedi Sand, and Alexis, Landen and Lauren Hochstetler, great-grandchildren; Caden, Kellan and Brinley Risbrudt and Nash Nelson, sisters; Marlys (Ernie) Grotte, Finley, N.D., Geraldine Johnson, Mesa, A.Z., brother; Duane Nelson, Hillsboro, N.D., and sister-in-law; Margaret Nelson, Moorhead, M.N.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Monroe and Kenten.


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  1. Pastor Rocky Miller says:

    Sarasota FLJanelle, Mark and Family
    We extend our sympathies to you and your extended family in the loss of your dad and grandfather. It is our prayer that as you grieve his loss and celebrate his life, the legacy he left will continue to challenge you and bring great memories of life together.

    Blessings to you all,
    Pastor Rocky Miller
    Bay Shore Mennonite Church

  2. Karen Wegge says:

    Wausau WIMy sympathy to Janelle and all your family. I remember your folks attending all the basketball games over the years- great memories for you to hold now.
    Your family will be in my prayers.

  3. Del & Carlotta kessler says:

    Fargo ND
    Dave and Tammy,
    Sorry to read about the death of Dave’s father. We got to know both Donna and Charles when Dave was coaching at May-Port CG. They missed very few games. Our prayers are with you.

    Del and Carlotta

  4. Eleanor Thompson says:

    Grand Forks North Dakota
    I want to send my condolence to your family. My daughter Deb, told me she saw you in West Fargo just a few months ago. I have thought of you often. I know from experience being a cargiver is very difficult. Clarence has been in a nursing home for over a year now. I cared for him as long as I could. He is happy there and well taken care of.
    Charles was such a plesant man. We bought several cars from him. Our love goes out to you.

  5. Becky (Ust) Elliott says:

    Hillsboro ND
    My sympathies to Janelle and her family at this time. May the memories you have of your father live on and help you through this difficult time.

  6. Jim, Connie and Jackson Erbstoesser says:

    West Fargo North Dakota
    Our most sincere sympathies to Charles’ family. Please know that he will still be around when you need him. All you need to do is think of him. God bless and know we are all here for you if you need us.

  7. Kristi Rotvold and Ron Rotvold says:

    Fargo ND
    Our sympathy and condolences in the passing of Charles. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the future.

  8. Laurie Papenfuss says:

    Portland ND
    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this very difficult time.
    The Brad Papenfuss Family

  9. mark and brenda sjoberg and boys says:

    So sad to hear of Charles passing. Hoping you find comfort in your memories and strength through God.

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