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Howard Nelson

Howard Nelson, 78, passed on Tuesday, July 4, 2023 at his home in Carrington, ND.

Howard Kenneth Nelson was born on May 31, 1945 to Dorothy (Goodrich) Nelson and Louis Nelson in Ellendale, ND.  He graduated from NDSCS, Wahpeton in Autobody.  Howard married Charlotte Schweitzer on September 3, 1965 in Carrington, ND.  He worked in Autobody and as an Insurance Adjuster.  Howard belonged to the Trinity Lutheran Church of Carrington, Fire Department of Carrington, Ambulance Service, Kiwanis, JC’s, Lions Club and Carrington Golf Club.  He enjoyed race car driving, golf, hunting, fishing and pool leagues in Carrington, Devils Lake, and Jamestown.  He also liked spending time at family get togethers, vacations and trips.   

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; son, Bryan (Heather) Nelson of Clark Summit, PA; daughter, Dana (Brad) Parkhouse of Casselton, ND; 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Howard is preceded in death by parents, Louis & Dorothy; brothers, Loren Nelson and Gene Nelson; parents-in-law, Kenneth & Evelyn Schweitzer, brothers-in-law, Karsten Schweitzer and Darrel Schweitzer, and grandson Patrick Nelson


Howard’s Visitation will be Monday, from 6:00PM-7:00PM followed by a Prayer Service at 7:00PM all at Trinity Lutheran Church, Carrington, ND.

His Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, July 11, 2023, at 10:00AM at Trinity Lutheran Church, Carrington, ND.

His Burial will be at the Carrington Cemetery.


Posted Condolences:


  1. RIP my friend and mentor. You gave Steve and I so much in life, lessons that I was proud to tell you in person of what it has meant in our lives. We didn’t know it at the time but you weren’t just teaching us a trade, you were teaching us how to cope with real life, and what it takes to succeed. You gave us the ability to do anything we wanted in life, as were weren’t afraid to tackle anything with vehicles, and this also came to our daily lives. So many times we handled decisions that we never had to make before, but we had the skills that we were taught at a very young age. I will always appreciate this. LOVE YOU

  2. We spent many hours working on the race car and then to the races. Many late nights and a whole lot of miles. My condolences to Charlotte and families.

  3. Howard was a good friend during my Carrington years. My sympathies Charlotte and family

  4. My condolences Charlotte and family. Howard was always a positive person with a great smile to back it up and a funny story to make all laugh. Many fond memories of all the pool games we played in the league and at the state tournaments. Many past friends will have the tables racked up and waiting for new stories for you to tell.

  5. Thinking of you Charlotte and family. Howard was a great guy, and Larry really valued his friendship, and pool shooting abilities…they made a great twosome!!! Take care…the memories will be wonderful…he was so loved by all his friends and the community. He will be dearly missed!❤️

  6. Charlotte and family, Thank you so much for keeping me in the loop about Howard. Ken really enjoyed getting together with the two of you. I know you will miss Howard like I miss Ken. As I told you please give me a call whenever you want or need. Dottie

  7. Charlotte & Family, so sorry to hear of Howard’s passing. He always had such a good sense of humor. It was a pleasure knowing him. Know he is in our prayers. May God comfort and give you peace.

  8. Sympathy to Charlotte and the Nelson family. Howard was always so willing to help out The Carrington Garden Club. We are forever grateful for his giving of his time. Hold tight to your memories.

  9. My deepest sympathy to you Charlotte and your family. Was nice playing pinochle with you and him at the fair pinochle tourney. May he rest in peace. God Bless

  10. Our sincere sympathy to Charlotte and family. May you be blessed with many wonderful memories.

  11. I was saddened to hear of Howard’s passing. Although we hadn’t seen each other for many years I certainly have great memories of racing against him through the mid to late 70’s, he was a great guy and a good competitor. My sincere condolences go out to his family and friends.

  12. Charlotte and Family my prayers and sympathy are with you all, Howard was a very good person and boss, he taught me so much working at custom auto and enjoyed working with him and will never forget him, he was the mentor in my life, he always took his employees under his wing and now he has his own wings. Thank you Howard for everything you taught me and RIP.

  13. Charlotte and family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Hopefully the memories will get you through.

  14. I always enjoyed the visits at the Elk’s Club. My favorite was when you and Charlotte were celebrating your wedding anniversary. We played music on the jukebox from the era you were married. There might have been some dancing going on for the occasion! RIP Howard


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