Duane passed away unexpectedly on April 2, 2015 at his home in Hillsboro.
Duane Edward Nelson was born on March 27, 1929, the son of Carl and Edna Nelson in Hillsboro. He grew up in this area and attended Hillsboro Consolidated Country School and later at Hillsboro High School. He was baptized and confirmed at the Hillsboro Methodist Church where he was a life-long member. Duane served his country in the United States National Guard during the Korean Conflict where he was stationed in the southern states. After his discharge he returned to North Dakota and began farming with his father. They also owned and operated a Livestock Trucking Company for over 50 years.
Duane was united in marriage to Evon Jahn on December 12, 1955. They spent their life farming side-by-side, retiring in 1989. Duane was an exceptional bookkeeper – making sure everything was in order and written down. He was a very honest, hard-working, kind man who was generous to his family and friends. As a young man he liked to go uptown to play pool and cards and in later years enjoyed playing Bingo with his wife. He was a loving father to Tanya, a loving and proud grandfather to Briana, and a super stepfather to stepdaughter, Vonie Manthey. He will be missed sharing laughter and good times at Burger King where he and the other guys met daily.
Duane is survived by his daughter, Tanya Nelson; granddaughter, Briana Nelson; stepdaughter, Vonie Manthey – all of Hillsboro; his sisters – Marlys (Ernie) Grotte of Finley, ND; and Geraldine Johnson of Arizona; his sisters in law – Donna Nelson and Margaret Nelson, both of Hillsboro; and his brother in law, Fred Jahn of Hesperia, CA. He was preceded in death by his wife, Evon; his brothers – Monroe, Kenton, and Charles; and his parents.
He was loved dearly and will be greatly missed.