Tim Dale Nelson was born January 22, 1967, in Tracy, Minn., the son of Dale and Lynn (Larson) Nelson. Tim was baptized and confirmed at Old Westbrook Lutheran Church in Westbrook, Minn. Tim graduated from Walnut Grove High School in Walnut Grove, Minn., in 1985. He was united in marriage on Oct. 19, 1985 to Julie Tietz at the Old Westbrook Lutheran Church. The marriage was blessed with six children, Kristina, Kayla, Elijah, Jessica, Katelyn, and William. Tim passed away at his home in rural Jackson on Saturday, July 9, 2011, at the age of 44 years, 5 months, and 18 days.
Tim was an active member of the Good News Community Church in Okoboji. He loved scuba diving, camping, bow hunting, joking around, and music especially playing in the family band, Iron Creek. Tim had worked at Toro in Windom for several years before becoming a dispatcher for Cottonwood and Jackson County Sheriff Departments in Minnesota and Dickinson County Sheriff Department in Iowa. He was an active member of the Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fire and Rescue and the Superior Volunteer Fire Department. Tim's love of scuba diving showed in his participation in the Arnold's Park/Okoboji Fire and Rescue Dive Team, he was named diver of the year in 2010. Tim's children were the light of his life, he was always joking around with all of them, and he had a special nickname for each of them.
Tim is survived by his wife of 25 years, Julie, six children: Kristina, Kayla, Elijah, Jessica, Katelyn, and William, and his "un-biological son" Adam Olson. Also left to cherish his memory are his parents, Dale and Lynn Nelson, his sister, Kelly (Jeff) Hoffman, his father- and mother-in-law, Leonard and Leona Tietz, his brother-in-law, Richard (Dawn) Tietz, his sister-in-laws, Janet (Dan) Fenern, and Jeanie (Steve) Rasche, also several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Tim was preceded in death by his grandparents, aunt and uncle Mavis (George) Stransky, and a cousin Brian Harnack.
Blessed be the memory of Tim Nelson.