Hilding S. “Steve” Nelson, age 71 of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at his home in Sauk Centre, Minnesota.
A Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, November 30 at First Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Michael Carlson officiating. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church.
Hilding Steven Nelson was born September 4, 1947 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Hilding and Olive (Hazelquist) Nelson.
He grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from Washburn High School and the University of Minnesota where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry.
Steve worked in Seattle, Washington for the U.S. Forestry Service and also served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Morocco, North Africa as a forestry engineer.
Steve was united in marriage to Dianna Myhre on June 20, 1970 at Hope Lutheran Church in Minneota, Minnesota.
He worked at the Milroy and Sauk Centre Co-op Elevators and later owned and operated Steve’s Dairy Sales and Service for many years. Steve also worked at Osakis Ag Service, Walmart, and for the past 20 years, co-owned Sunrise View Adult Foster Care with Dianna.
He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre, Alexandria Gun Club, and the Sauk Centre Lions Club where Steve was past president and held numerous other offices.
Steve’s pride and enjoyment were his German Shorthair hunting dogs and the puppies he raised and sold. He loved hunting and fishing.
His family was very important to him and he adored each of his grandchildren. Steve enjoyed traveling, especially on motorcycle trips with his friend, Rod.
Survivors include his loving wife of 48 years, Dianna Nelson of Sauk Centre; children, Peter (Jennifer) Nelson of Sauk Centre, Jamila (Aaron) Drevlow of Cottage Grove, and Ryan (Siobhan) Nelson of Columbus, Indiana; ten grandchildren with one on the way; sisters, Karen and Mary Nelson of Minneapolis; and his adult foster care family, Lisa, Irene, and Ramona.
Steve was preceded in death by his parents; infant son; and father and mother-in-law, Johnny and Thora Myhre.
Serving as casket bearers will be Jason, Rick, John, Seth, Craig, Dude, and Mike Myhre, Jon and Matt Mohn, Nick Hovland, Richie Sorenson, and John Kienholz.
Honorary bearers will be Rod Grove, Dave Johnson, Bob Williams and members of the Sauk Centre Lions Club. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.