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HOMESTEAD - Carl Alfred Nelson was born Dec. 13, 1920, on the family farm in Homestead, to Ole C. and Inga Nelson.

He went to the Center Consolidated County School, then finished his education at Froid School. He was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church that was a mile from the farm, where he was confirmed. He helped his folks on the farm until he married Margaret Engler of Froid, Oct. 13, 1943, at the Culbertson Catholic Rectory. Carl and Margaret then moved to the Nelson Farm after his folks retired and moved to Froid. He worked in the coal mine west of Medicine Lake for a brief time. He loved to farm and work with his cows until he was forced to quit because of farmer's lung.

He enjoyed bowling, doing carpentry work, and in later years, putting puzzles together. He was always willing to lend a helping hand; he knew no strangers. He loved to whistle while he worked.

To this union, three children were born: Yvonne Marie, who married Raymond Luft; Kathleen Anna, who married John Rainey and Dennis Carl, who married Gwenie Rohner.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ole and Inga Nelson; his daughter, Yvonne Marie Luft; and infant son John Carl Luft; and five brothers and one sister.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret, of 591/2 on the present farm in Homestead; his daughter, Kathleen Rainey of Acton; his son, Dennis of the family farm; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren: Paul (Gail) Rainey and three children of Havre, Toni Barbant and two children of Billings, Scott Nelson and Lacy Nelson of Billings, Amy Nelson and Kevin Nelson of Burlington, Kan., La Lynda Nelson of Homestead Farm, Terrance (Nicole) Rohner and three children of Sidney, Rhonda (Doug) Fisher and two children of Columbia Falls, Stephen (Jenie) Luft and Debra Luft of Butte, also Raymond Luft of Columbia Falls; his sisters, Mable Childers of Billings, Nettie Martini of Kennewick, Wash.; special people, Marian and Howard Jacobsen of Williston, N.D.; and several nephews and nieces.

Visitation will begin Thursday 2 p.m. at the Fulkerson Funeral Home of Plentywood.

Funeral Services will be conducted by his nephew, Rev. Michael Jacobsen at 11 a.m. Friday, May 30, at the Homestead Church in Homestead. Burial will follow in the Homestead (Highland) Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Church for visitation one hour before service time.

Bearers are Scott Nelson, Amy Nelson, Lacy Nelson, Kevin Nelson, La Lynda Nelson, Terrace Rohner, Paul Rainey, Toni Brabant, Debbie Luft, Stephen Luft, and Rhonda Fisher.

Honorary Bearers are all great-grandchildren: Autumn Fisher, Dalton Fisher, Tasha Rainey, Megan Rainey, Michelle Rainey, Kayla Pezzarossi, C.J. Brabant, Tristan Rohner, James Rohner, and Faith Rohner.

Most Honored Bearers: "All of Dad's Nieces, Nephews, and Neighbors."

Ushers are Dean Nelson and Terry Nelson.

Fulkerson Funeral Home of Plentywood has been entrusted with arrangements.

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