Order Flowers

Brian Nelson

June 28, 1956 - February 19, 2012


5-7:00 P.M. Thursday, February 23, 2012 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

12-1:00 P.M. Friday, February 24, 2012 at Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church, Fargo.

Prayer Service:

7:00 P.M. Thursday, February 23, 2012 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

Funeral mass: 1:00 P.M. Friday, February 24, 2012 at Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church, Fargo.


Sunset Memorial Gardens, Fargo.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Brian Nelson

June 28, 1956 - February 19, 2012


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.


Comments are not displayed until approved by a member of our staff.

0 responses to “Brian Nelson”

  1. joe huguelet says:

    lakeville mnKelly and Family

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Brian and I were early friends in life. I lived pretty close to him when they were on 5th Ave. We were Troup 204 Boy Scouts together for several years and my memories are very pleasant and vivid. He was a bit older and more ranked then me when I joined but he took me in and made me feel comfortable right away. We hung out at all the camps together and he brought joy to everyones life including mine. He will be missed.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

    Joe Huguelet

  2. Kelly Nelson says:

    Honey, I thought if i made it through last week, the worst would be behind me….Sadly, I was very wrong. THe house is so empty and cold without your light.. Nothing is the same and nothing ever will be ….I miss you terribly. And I love you even more. Please help me get through this……I feel so alone.I love you Brian and I always will.

  3. Susan Bloom Benore says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your brother….
    See you live in Bismarck I lived there 3 years back in late 70’s Dixie son lives in Bismarck interning at both hospitals there. I was also shocked to see Dan Jahner died too and your brother and Dan were in same funeral home and both graduated same year at South.
    My prayers are with you and your family

  4. Chad Espegard says:

    West Fargo ND
    Josh, Jill, Caden, and Nelson family,
    Sorry to read about the passing of Brian. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this difficult time.

  5. Joyce Stromme Gelderman says:

    Ward sdOur thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Brian…thinking of you Edyth, Kim and Loree…may God give you much support during this difficult time.

  6. Melody and Calvin Tilbury says:

    Backus /minnesotaDear Kelli and Mason, Our Hearts go out to you at this sad time. Never had the pleasure of meeting your husband but wish we could have. Stay strong Kelli, We all know what you have been thru losing your Mom also. Hugs and more Hugs. Mel& Cal.

  7. Bob and Cheryl Twete says:

    Our thoughts go out to the Nelson family during this difficult time.

    Brian was many things. One thing he could not be was ignored. He made his presence known. He was not one to sit in the background and listen he was in the front leading the conversation.

    We will be thinking of him and his extended family a great deal today.

    Our deepest sympathies,
    Bob, Cheryl, Nicole, Christine, and Matthew Twete

  8. Karen Dahlseng says:

    Terri and your family:
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time

  9. Marie Bellerud says:

    Family of Brian,
    Remember him as a great neighbor…Always with a smile, him and Dick must be smiling down on us….
    Sorry, I am fighting a terrible cold, and, won’t be able to make it to prayer service or funeral…..My prayers are with all of you…..Love, Marie

  10. Bob Light says:

    Mandan ND
    I met Brian in 2003 through my brother, Steve Light. Brian took the time to talk to me about my addiction to alcohol. I last spoke to Brian at Steve’s funeral a couple of weeks ago. I will miss him. He was a good man with a very big heart.

  11. Judy & Ken Anderson says:

    Corona CAWe knew Brian several years ago and unfortunately had lost touch when we left Fargo. So sorry to hear he died. He was a take-charge kind of guy with a big heart. Our condolences to his family.

  12. Terri J Nelson says:

    Fargo ND
    Brian: You are loved and may you be with total peace and glad you gave me the greatest sons a mother could have and hold and love . God Bless you

  13. Jerry Jahnke says:

    Parker ColoradoTo the Nelson Family

    I knew Brian from pheasant hunting in
    ND and enjoyed his enthusiasm and passion for the sport. He was a take charge person and knew what he wanted.
    He will surely be missed by everyone that knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of loss.

  14. Sharon Wigren says:

    Fargo North Dakota
    So sad to lose you so soon. Prayers to all who will miss you.

  15. Richard Redfield says:

    Fargo ND
    As a fellow classmate of Brian’s. My thoughts and prayer go out to the family.

  16. Tyann Schlenker says:

    Josh and Jake,
    I just wanted you to know that both of you are in my thoughts and prayers. I know that both of you were very special to your father. You were his world. Our loved ones are always be with us in our hearts and in our memories! Your father will be watching over both of you from heaven. God Bless! Tyann

  17. Deb Knopp says:

    Maple Lake MN
    Thoughts and prayers are with Brian’s family.
    Clas of ’74

  18. Lu Ann Paulson-Oberg says:

    Waubun Minnesota
    Loree, Dale and Brian’s family, I was sorry to read of your brother’s passing Loree. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. As you well know, time has a way of healing the hurt and bringing all of the good memories to the forefront.
    You are in my prayers, Lu Ann Paulson-Oberg

  19. Sarah Burke Black says:

    Barnum IAMy thoughts and prayers to all the family in the loss of Brian. Rest in peace friend.
    Class of ’74

  20. Jay Bauer says:

    Carrington ND
    To the entire Nelson family,

    Our hearts go out to you on the passing of Brian. We have so many treasure memories of the quality lake time. God bless you all!!

    Jay and Cindy bauer

  21. Paula Cleven says:

    Denver COMy deepest sympathy to Brian’s family. He was a great guy and I have many wonderful memories of us as kids. I was so sorry to hear of his passing so young.

  22. Jeff Soper says:

    Goodland KansasI knew Brian from Fargo South class of 74, a great classmate. A big strong guy but I believe Brian having to wear a back brace at the time kept him from pursuing athletics, which was a shame because he was a monster, so Brian became the best student manager for a lot of our sports teams, a natural born helper. I knew his wife Terri sorry I never had the pleasure of meeting Kelly, Mason, Josh & Jake and other family & friends, my deepest condolences to you all.

  23. Stacey Borkenhagen says:

    AZ Josh, Jill, Caden and the Nelson family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this difficult time.

  24. Doris says:

    My deepest sympathy to the family for a life that ended too soon, may your hearts find comfort in knowing that Jehovah God cares for us, he provided a way for our sins to be forgiven – by his son, Jesus Christ – John 3:16, Psalms 83:18. One day soon, we will reap the benefits of Jesus death and resurrection, when all suffering and death will be no more – Revelation 21:3, 4 – and we will be reunited with our dear loved ones again here on earth -John 5:28, 29 -Psalms 37:11, 29.

  25. Justin and Brandi Youngmark says:

    Josh and family,
    We are very sad to hear the news and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  26. Rick & Faye Majerus says:

    Josh and Jake
    Just wanted to say we are so sorry to hear about your fathers death. Brian and I go back a long ways and I will miss talking to him. I hope you both can gain the strength you will need to continue. I know he thought a lot of both of you. Our sympathy and prayers are with you.

  27. Kathy& Dan Lewin says:

    West Fargo ND
    Josh & Jake-
    Keeping you close at heart during this difficult time. Your dad loved you boy’s so much, may all the fond memories and the love of your many friends and family help you through the loss of your father.
    God bless!

  28. James Anderson says:

    Sioux Falls South DakotaWe are thinking of you during this difficult time.

  29. steve and claudia evert says:

    moorhead minnOur prayers and thought are with you.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *