Roland “Rollie” J. Nelson, 85, of Leeds, N.D., formerly of Churchs Ferry, N.D., died Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at his home in Leeds.
Memorial services will be Saturday, April 13 at 11 a.m. at Leeds Lutheran Church with Pastor Richard Budd officiating. Burial will be later in the Churchs Ferry Cemetery. Music will be from Darlene Albertson, soloist with Doris Michaels,
Roland J. Nelson was born October 16, 1927 at Southam, N.D. to Einar and Mabel (Patton) Nelson. His family lived in many areas during his younger years because of his father’s job with the Border Patrol. Rollie graduated from the Lawton, N.D. high school and entered the US Army on October 4, 1946 at Fort Snelling, Minn. He was a paratrooper and cook with Company M 187th Parachute Glider Infantry 11 Airborne Division in Occupied Japan. Rollie was discharged on February 26, 1948 at Camp Stoneman, Calif. Rollie and Ann Helgeseth were married March 21, 1952 at Zion Lutheran Church in Churchs Ferry. He was employed for a time at Lake Grocery in Devils Lake and later Nash Finch in Minot. Rollie then worked on the Arden Helgeseth farm near Churchs Ferry until 1968 when he was appointed the Churchs Ferry Postmaster, a position he held until retiring in 1993. Rollie and Ann moved into Leeds in 2000.
Rollie was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Churchs Ferry and upon its closure became a member of Leeds Lutheran Church. He was also a member of the Churchs Ferry Seniors, Devils Lake Elks Club, NAPUS and a life member of the Neathery Simensen VFW Post# 756 of Devils Lake. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and working in his yard.
Survivors include his wife, Ann of Leeds; daughters, Louise Nelson and Connie Nelson both of Churchs Ferry; a brother, Robert (Evie) Nelson of Harvey, N.D.; brother-in-law, Arden (Sylvia) Helgeseth of Leeds; a sister-in-law: Jean (Elmer) Boesl of Edmore, ND; a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Irene Proschatis and Julie Cunningham; brothers, Aaron Nelson and Winfre Nelson.
The Nelson Funeral Home of Leeds is in charge of the arrangements.