Donald “Corky” Earl Nelson, of Mora, died on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, at his son’s home in North Branch.  He was 82 years old.

He was born on May 15, 1939, in Braham, to parents Carl T. and Elsie (Soderstrom) Nelson. He grew up in the rural Ogilvie area, the fourth of seven children.  On July 30, 1960, he was united in marriage to Marlene J. Eckstrom. They made their home on a farm in the Brunswick area where they raised beef cattle and crops over the years. He spent his career as a block layer working for several different companies in the Twin Cities area.  

He loved nature and the outdoors. Frequent family camping and fishing trips were taken to the north shore when the kids were younger. He enjoyed deer hunting and fishing. He was an avid bird watcher and always kept his feeders full for both the birds and deer that visited his yard. He enjoyed breakfasts at the Crystal with “the guys” and was always ready to share a story to a listening ear. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marlene; an infant daughter; sister, Donna Stromberg; and brothers, Clayton Nelson and Carl Nelson Jr.

He is survived by his children, Daryl (Michelle) of Mora, Dan (Lisa) of North Branch and Delaine (Brad) Kostreba of Albertville; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sisters, Janice (Jack) Gallmeier of White Bear Lake, Judy (Marvin) DeBoer of Ogilvie and Marlene Beeuwseart of Milaca; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora with Pastor Mary Fiel officiating. Memorial visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be in the Fish Lake Cemetery near Mora. Condolences may be posted at


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