Arnold W. (Arnie) Nelson, 87, Northfield, died at the Care Center of Northfield Retirement Community on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, following a long struggle with Lewy Body Dementia.
He was born September 11, 1926, in Lund, WI., to William J. and Edith (Swenson) Nelson. He graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1944, served in the Navy, and graduated from St. Olaf College in 1950.
Arnie taught and coached athletics in Spring Valley, WI, Cannon Falls and Northfield. He was elected into the St. Olaf College hall of fame in 1983 and the Northfield High School athletic hall of fame in 1995.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Jeanette; and six children.
A celebration of Arnie's life will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Northfield. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, December5, at the church, and one hour prior to the service on Friday.
Arrangements by Benson & Langehough Funeral Home, Northfield.