Brian R. Nelson, 55, Fargo passed away Sunday, February 19, 2012 at Essentia Health surrounded by family.

Brian was born June 28, 1956 in Minot, North Dakota to Ralph and Marilyn (Ness) Nelson. Brian grew up in Williston, and moved to Fargo during elementary school. He attended school in Fargo, graduating from Fargo South in 1974. Brian enlisted in the United States Navy after graduation and served from the base on Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. His involvement in un-classified missions throughout his career was a character building experience. He worked proudly in the Navy's Sea Bee Construction Battalion until being honorably discharged.

He moved back to Fargo where he worked various jobs before building a successful food brokerage business. After selling Nelson and Associates, he furthered his career and friendships in the legal research field while receiving many accolades and awards. Brian was forced to retire early due to health reasons. Brian continued to remain active in the community.

Brian's biggest passion was spending time with his family. Any activity he could spend with his sons was an activity he enjoyed. He loved to pheasant hunt as well as fish with his family and friends. The day the hunting season ended, was the day he began to plan for the next one to open.

Brian is survived by his wife, Kelly, Fargo, N.D. and son, Mason Nelson, Fargo, N.D.; former wife, Terri (Twete) Nelson, Fargo, N.D., and their two sons, Josh (Jill) Nelson, Fargo, N.D., Jake Nelson, Fargo, N.D.; grandchild, Caden, Fargo, N.D.; three sisters, Loree (Dale) Weber, Bismarck, N.D., Kim (Dick) Marquis, Tebbetts, MO, Edyth (Jerome) Mielke, Minneapolis, M.N.; father-in-law, Lynn Clodfelder, Pine River, M.N.

Brian was preceded in death by his parents, and mother-in-law, Liz Clodfelder.

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