Manford "Manny" Nelson, 65, of Mabel, died on Aug. 6, 2013, at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home following a brief illness.

He was born Oct. 2, 1947, to James and Norma (Blagsvedt) Nelson. He attended Newburg country school and Mabel High School where he graduated in 1967. He was in the United States Army from 1968 to 1969.

He married Jeanette Hermanson in June of 1974, she died in January of 1980. He married Patty Denstad in July of 1982 and they had three children, Melissa, Michelle and Michael. They were later divorced. He married Donna Wager in June of 2002 and they had a son, MacKenzie. She died in May of 2004.

He lived in the Mabel area most of his life. He was a member of the Mabel First Lutheran Church and Legion Post 299 and enjoyed all the community events. He especially enjoyed going to truck pulls, Mabel's '50-'60s Day, Steam Engine Days and the area parades. His greatest love was spending time with his children and visiting with the family.

He most recently worked for the Spring Grove School as a janitor and had worked for the Caledonia School, Northern Engraving, HECO, Sara Lee and various other places.

He is survived by his children, Melissa, Michelle, Michael and MacKenzie Nelson; a stepdaughter, Holly Wager; MacKenzie's special friend, Megan Kiehne; a brother, Stanley (Marcia) Nelson; sisters, Beatrice (Norman) Sjarpe, Diane Thorson, Carolyn (Steve) Gulbranson, Cheryl (Dan) Wiste, Marianne (Paul) Rosaaen, Sandy (Kevin) Nelson and Dorene Nelson and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wives; his parents; a brother, Richard; a sister, Darlyne Messner; and a brother-in-law, Bob Thorson.

Funeral services were held last Saturday at the Mabel First Lutheran Church in Mabel with the Rev. Len Liptack officiating. Burial was in the Mabel Lutheran Cemetery with military honors by the Mabel American Legion.

Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel assisted the family with arrangements.