John NelsonJohn Allen Nelson, 52, Cooperstown, N.D., died Wednesday, July 29, 2009, at Cooperstown Medical Center, Cooperstown, after a three-year battle with cancer. Mr. Nelson was born July 16, 1957, in Fargo, N.D., the son of Royce and Mavis (Vasfaret) Nelson.
John Allen Nelson, 52, Cooperstown, N.D., died Wednesday, July 29, 2009, at Cooperstown Medical Center, Cooperstown, after a three-year battle with cancer.
Mr. Nelson was born July 16, 1957, in Fargo, N.D., the son of Royce and Mavis (Vasfaret) Nelson. He grew up on a farm near Hannaford, N.D., until the family moved to Cooperstown in 1973. He attended Hannaford and Cooperstown school, and graduated from Cooperstown High School in 1975. He attended Mayville (N.D.) State College for one year, and then went to work with his father and brothers as a carpenter. He married Carolyn Trostad on Nov. 30, 1985. They lived in Cooperstown. He began driving school bus for the Griggs County Central School District in the early 1990s and continued to do carpentry work until the spring of 2008. He was the official scorer and timer for the Cooperstown Lynx and the Griggs County Central Cougars for many decades. He was also a baseball umpire and a volleyball official. Between 1977-1979, he tried out for three teams, the Minnesota Twins, the Kansas City Royals and the Cincinnati Reds. He enjoyed sports.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Riley John, Cooperstown; two daughters, Callie Jill and Carissa Jo, both Cooperstown; his mother, Cooperstown; two brothers, Ron (Bette), Lakota, N.D., and Jim (Diane), West Fargo, N.D.; and a sister, Gina (Jesse) Leikas, Sioux Falls, S.D.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Services: 11 a.m. Monday, Griggs County Central School, Cooperstown.
Prayer service: 5 p.m. Sunday, Quam-Plaisted-Cushman Funeral Home, Cooperstown.
Visitation: 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and one hour before the service at the school.
Burial: Union Cemetery, Hannaford.
Online guestbook: www. quamplaistedcushman.com
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