Jerome "Jerry" Nelson, 69, of Mabel, longtime owner of Nelson Electric, died Monday, May 26, 2014, at the Gundersen Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis.

He was born Aug. 4, 1944, in Preston, to Odell and Mildred (Sorenson) Nelson.

He graduated from Canton High School and from 1962-1966, he served in the United States Air Force.

He owned and operated Nelson Electric in Mabel for 29 years and was a past commander for the American Legion Post 400 in Canton and Post 299 in Mabel.

He served 24 years on the Mabel Fire Department, was past president of the Mabel Lions Club and a member of the Mabel Sportsman's Club. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing and camping.

He is survived by two sisters, Marlene Wisland of Canton and Janet Tripp of Mantorville; nieces and nephews, Mike, Linda, Steve, Sandy, Dean, Dawn, Bryan and Terianna; several great nieces and nephews and many close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Curtis; a nephew, David Wilder and brother-in-law, Flavian Wisland.

A memorial service was held Friday, May 30, at the Henrytown Lutheran Church in rural Harmony, with the Rev. Mary Waudby officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery with military honors by the American Legion.