Nelson, Donnal Arno

Nelson, Donnal Arno

May 20, 1929 – December 31, 2013
Age 84 of Hastings, MN, passed away from ALS on Dec. 31, 2013. He was born on May 20, 1929 in Hallock, MN to Victor & Margaret Nelson. He is survived by his wife Delia; stepchildren Sean (Lisa) Simmons, Kris (Ken) Schetina & Michelle Thomas; his twin brother Dennis Nelson; sister Marge Schauble; & numerous, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He graduated from high school in Lake Bronson, MN in 1947. He and his brother joined the U.S. Navy in 1948 and served during the Korean War. After serving in the Navy he started an apprenticeship at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, WA. He worked at the shipyard until he retired as a Ships Scheduler Supervisor in 1984. He moved to Hastings, MN after his first wife Laura passed away in Port Orchard, WA in 1990. In 1991 he was married to Delia Simmons. Don was a longtime member of the American Legion & Veterans of Foreign Wars. At one time he was the commander of VFW Post 1210 & for many years he participated as an honor guard member. His hobbies included ham radio operation for over 30 years as well as traveling to stay connected with friends & family. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at St. Philip’s Lutheran Church in Hastings with visitation at 10:00, service at 11:00 & a luncheon to follow.