Arlon Nelson

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Arlon Nelson, 84, Minot, died Saturday, January 15, 2022, in a Minneapolis hospital. 

Arlon Francis Nelson “Nels” was born in Flaxton, North Dakota, on May 11, 1937, the son of Frank and Edith (Hermansen) Nelson. He spent his early years on a farm near Flaxton, North Dakota. The family then moved to Bowbells and later to Velva, North Dakota.  Arlon graduated from high school in Velva, North Dakota in 1955.  When the family moved to Powers Lake, North Dakota, Arlon acquired a self-taught technical education and worked at Tri Our Electric.  In Powers Lake he met the love of his life, Faye Jeanette Albertson.  They were married on April 11, 1959 and remained devoted to each other for more than 60 years until her passing in May of 2019.

Arlon and Faye moved to Parshall.  In 1960 Arlon enlisted in the U.S Army. He was stationed in Ohio before being sent to Amberg, Germany, a small town near Nuremberg. He attained the rank of Army Specialist 4.  Faye joined Arlon overseas and while living in Germany their first son, Scott Arlon was born. Upon their return to the United States, they resided in Parshall where their family grew after the birth of their second son, Brent Allyn.  Then in 1970, they adopted Chrisanne Renae rounding out a beautiful family of five.

Arlon was a plant engineer for Reservation Telephone Company in Parshall for 36 years before retiring in 1999.  After retirement, Arlon and Faye moved to Minot. 

In 1954 as a junior in high school, Arlon obtained his novice class amatuer (HAM) radio license and his lifelong passion for this hobby was born.  He obtained the highest license class available and would devote numerous hours to this hobby. He was a member of the Souris Valley Amateur Radio Club and the Teddy Roosevelt Amateur Radio Club. Nels, W0TUP, earned the title of North Dakota’s Ham Operator of the Year and visited with other operators in all 50 states and over 130 countries.

Arlon enjoyed other hobbies over the years as well: photography, fishing, metal detecting to name a few. Faye and Arlon also played country and western music all over the local area in a number of different bands with many of their dear friends. 

Arlon had a kind heart and fun loving spirit. There is nothing he loved more than connecting with friends and family through the years. He had a unique and special connection to all those he has left behind.

Arlon is survived by his sister, Sonia (Jan) Zamir, Tucson, AZ, sons Scott, Pierre, SD, Brent (Karen), Golden Valley, MN, daughter Chrisanne, Minot, five grandchildren, Cassandra (Michael) Patterson, Edward, Natasha, Stephen (Denice), Shalayna, great-granddaughter Eleanor Patterson; sisters-in-law, Iva (Don) Hysjulien and Celeste (Todd) Heidbreder; aunt Arlene Johnson along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Arlon was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Edith, and his loving wife Faye.

Celebration of Arlon’s Life: 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 22, 2022 at Bethel Free Lutheran Church, Minot. A livestream of the service will be available by accessing https://www.mtmsales.net/thomas
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot
Visitation: Friday, January 21, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the church.


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