- BORN: March 8, 1935
- DIED: March 11, 2016
- LOCATION: Sloan, Iowa
Larry L. Nelson, 81, of Sloan, Iowa, passed away on Friday, March 11, 2016, at Burgess Health Center in Onawa, Iowa.
Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M. Thursday, March 17, 2016 at Evangelical Covenant Church in Sloan, Iowa with Reverend Richard Moore, officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Township Cemetery at Albaton, Iowa with military honors by the United States Army and Smith-Rhodes American Legion Post #295 Of Sloan, Iowa. Visitation will be 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at the church with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service in Onawa, Iowa.
Larry Lloyd was born March 8, 1935 in Sioux City, Iowa the son of Lloyd E. and Gladys E. (Wiksell) Nelson. He attended school and graduated from Whiting Community School. He then attended Indiana Wesleyan University and Iowa State University. He was drafted in the United States Army from 1957 – 1959 where he served in Munich, Germany. He was also in the United States Army Reserves for two years.
Larry and Carolyn Clark were united in marriage on November 24, 1956 in Sioux City, Iowa. Three children were born to this union, Christopher, Stephen, and Cathy. He was a lifelong farmer.
He served on the Farmer’s Coop Board for many years. He also led the Memorial Day Services at Albaton for many years.
He enjoyed photography and traveling. But dear to his heart was missionary work not only in the United States but around the world which included eight mission trips. The first one was in 1992, to Zambia, Africa; second one was in 1994 to China twice where they smuggled Bibles in; third one was in 1997 to Russia Moscow schools; fourth one was in 1998 to Romania for dairy projects for orphan children; fifth one was in 2000 to Albania where he did rural villages ministry; sixth one was in 2001 to India; seventh one was in 2008 to Mexico; and eighth one was in 2009 to Texas/border of Mexico.
He was a very active member of the Albaton Wesleyan Church where he taught Sunday School for many many years, was church treasurer, and song leader until their closing and then became affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church in Sloan.
Survivors include his wife of over 59 years, Carolyn Nelson of Sloan, IA; two sons, Christopher (Brenda) Nelson of Kearney, NE and Stephen (Pam) Nelson of Sloan, IA; one daughter, Cathy (Steve) Arkle of Studio City, CA; seven grandchildren, Shannon (JD) Lemon, Heather Nelson, Andrew Nelson, Alexander Nelson, Richard Nelson, Shari (Brian) Sauter, and Elizabeth (Chris) Newman; and three great-grandchildren, Halle and Malakai Newman and Orion Nelson.
He was preceded in death by his parents.