Raymond Loyd Nelson

Raymond Loyd Nelson, 83, of Saint Anthony, Iowa, passed away Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 at his home with Opal Ritland Nelson, his wife of 61 years, at his side.

A visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 4, from 5-8 pm at Bethany Lutheran Church, McCallsburg, Iowa. A joint funeral of Raymond and his daughter, Rita Julie Dudley, who passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 in Columbia, MO, will be held at 2 pm Saturday, Oct. 5 at Bethany Lutheran. Raymond’s burial will follow the service.

Raymond was a veteran of the Korean War and enjoyed his life as a farmer and spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Opal; children, Lola Newgard (Decatur, IL), Loyd (Diane) Nelson (Marshalltown), Daryl (son-in-law)Dudley (Columbia, MO), and Ruth (Doug) Halvorsen (New Providence);brother, August Nelson (Maxwell);9 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren.

Raymond was preceded in death by his daughter, Rita Dudley, son-in-law, Charles Newgard, and sister-in-law, Gail Nelson. Instead of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society or the donor’s choice.

Fredregill Funeral Home in Zearing has been entrusted with the care of Raymond and his family.