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Morris Wesley Nelson

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Morris Wesley Nelson age 89 of Bloomington passed away July 20, 2017. Preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Verna; parents Antone and Annie (Swan) Nelson; 5 brothers and 5 sisters. Survived by children, Brian (Julie), Lori, Lisa (Greg) Finlayson; granddaughters, Lauren and Christina; loving companion, Jean Larson; many relative and friends.  Morris retired after 40 years from Benada Aluminum and Twin City Storm Sash as a window & door installer, he loved bowling, playing horseshoes & was always up for a game of cribbage.  Long time square dancer with the Bloomington Swirlers and Spares & Pairs. 

Morris Wesley Nelson – also known as Morrie – also known as Jack (though he never really knew why) – also known as Dad and Grandpa.  His main occupation was as an aluminum window and door installer beginning with the Denesen Company and then 40 years with Benada Aluminum and Twin City Storm Sash (until they went under); then he worked a while with Gladstone Windows.  He also worked for Good Year Tire Company; delivered phone books; biker magazines; and worked as a hotel shuttle driver. 

He was a long time bowler and horseshoe player; he liked to play cribbage, watched Jeopardy and Who Wants to be a Millionaire; liked slot machines and scratch off tickets.  He loved history and the newspaper crossword puzzles – admitting he did better in the beginning of the week when they were easier.  In his pre-kids and younger children years the trips to the Wisconsin cabin included fishing and golf outings and poker playing with the relatives. 

There were many years of camping in a Starcraft Galaxy 8, traveling to many different campgrounds.  Then a new camping home was found at Pathfinder Village, just outside Hinckley, MN, and the Starcraft was traded in for a Prowler trailer and enjoyed for 30 years.  Many camping outings were spent with the Bloomington Swirlers square dance club, of which he and mom were members for years.  After mom passed, dad found a new companion in Jean Larson, and continued square dancing for some time with Spares and Pairs. 

He liked Snickers bars and Butterfingers; Old Country Buffet and Cracker Barrel restaurants; hamburgers at the 5-8 Club; and Baker’s Square with a special liking for Key Lime Pie.  He liked blueberries and raspberries and bakery treats; muffins and danishes and cookies; and drank lots of milk.  He didn’t like canned or processed foods; he was a farm boy from Princeton, MN – he liked real food.  And no air conditioning no matter how hot the weather – just open all the windows and turn on the fans.  And he made the best BBQ spare ribs, so tender they would fall off the bone. 

He loved music – especially country music – and would break in to song at any time, knowing all the words and verses to a storehouse of music in his memory.  He especially loved sing-alongs and loved when he could get others to join him.  Those who just met him, like his many healthcare workers these last years, said he was a joy and would make them laugh with his great sense of humor.  He also had a stubborn streak and a curmudgeonly side, but this was short-lived, and even in this, he was known as their favorite grumpy person. 

He has touched many and will be greatly missed.

Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday August 9, 2017 11:00 a.m. at the Church of St. Bonaventure, 901 East 90th Street. Visitation one hour prior to Mass at church. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Disabled American Veterans of MN.


BLOOMINGTON, MN              952 888 7771


Submitted by Steve and Melis... on

Brian, Julie, Lauren and Christina

Sending you lots of love and prayers -if you need anything please let us know..

Submitted by Janice Buckingham on

So sorry to learn of Morrie passing. Ray and I were friends for many years with Verna and Morrie. until we moved up north. We loved his sense of humor. We spent many evenings square dancing. Ray played horseshoe with Morrie.

Lori was a good friend of Bridget's when they were going to grade school and then with Beth after they got out of school.

We loved your family. Jan

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