In Memory

Duane Nelson '81 (B.S. Animal Science), age 57, of Winthrop passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, May 12, 2016 after a battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Nelson was born on January 28, 1959 in Brainerd, Minnesota, the son of Hilding “Bill” and Rita Nelson. He was an active FFA member and a 1977 graduate of Brainerd High School. Duane attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where he was a member of the Delta Theta Sigma Fraternity and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in the spring of 1981. Duane loved dairy farming, spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, gardening, playing cards and games, being a Winthrop Lion and helping others. In 2009, he and daughter Brenda joined the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training where, over the span of 5 years, he completed one half marathon, 4 full marathons, and a duathalon. While with the Team he raised over $20,000 for cancer research.  He was an active member of the Winthrop Lions Club, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, and was on the board of directors for Genex Cooperative and Cooperative Resources International (CRI) for many years. Read more of his obituary here.