N. Kenneth Nelson
N. Kenneth Nelson
N. Kenneth Nelson, 74, of Spring Valley, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Ostrander Care and Rehab.

Noel Kenneth Nelson was born March 2, 1938, to Clarence and Julia (Vigum) Nelson. He was baptized and confirmed at the Bloomfield Lutheran Church. In 1956, Ken graduated from Spring Valley High School. After he graduated he started hauling milk for Loren Brandt and also hauled corn and peas for Libby Foods. He was united in marriage to Anita Lemke May 3, 1959, at First English Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. On June 14, 1957, he started working at IBM in Rochester and in June of 1991 he retired after 34 years. After his retirement from IBM, he fulfilled his passion for farming. He and his wife moved to the "home place," a farm near Spring Valley, where he grew corn and soybeans and was able to pursue his love for John Deere tractors.

He also served in the National Guard for four years.

Survivors include his wife, Anita, of Spring Valley; a son, Steven Nelson and friend, Sabrina Rabil of Rochester; and grandchildren, Tony, Julia and Taylor.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Julia, and a sister, Clarice.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Laura Fladten officiating. Burial was in the Bloomfield Township Cemetery, Fillmore County.