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Daryl Nelson

Oct. 14, 1946-April 20, 2009

Daryl W. Nelson, 62, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, April 20, 2009 at his residence, under care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Daryl Wallace Nelson was born to Wallace and Caroline (Asmus) Nelson on Oct. 18, 1946 in Fergus Falls. He was baptized and confirmed at Tonseth Lutheran Church in Friberg Township, Otter Tail County. Daryl received his education at Roosevelt Senior High School in Fergus Falls, graduating in 1964. He enlisted in the United States Navy, and following his honorable discharge he went to work for Gerald Evenson in Pelican Rapids.

On July 5, 1969, Daryl married Madilyn Felber in Fergus Falls, where they resided and started their family together. Daryl began trucking for International Transport (IT) and in 1972, purchased his first semi and ran it with International Transport until 1978. He then went on to work for Gabor Trucking, later moving into the brokerage department before transferring to Lakes Transportation in Detroit Lakes.

In his spare time, Daryl enjoyed hunting, riding and working on motorcycles, watching NASCAR with his brother Dale and spending quality time with his family and friends. He was a member of the Jess-Omundson VFW Post 1676 in Detroit Lakes.

He will be remembered and missed by his two daughters, Sheri Nelson of Ashby, Minn., and Angie Nelson (Brad) Gates of Singapore; four grandchildren; his mother, Caroline Nelson of Detroit Lakes; one brother, Dale Nelson of Detroit Lakes; one sister, Trudy Briad of Detroit Lakes; along with three nieces and two nephews.

Preceding him in death were his father, Wallace; one brother, Duane Nelson; and one sister, Janice Nelson.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 26 at the David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, April 27 at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Daryl may be shared online at