Kenneth Russell Nash, 83

Published 10:51 am Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Kenneth Russell Nash, 83, of Mapleview, Minn., died Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health System — Austin.



He was born April 20, 1930, in Rochester, Minn., to Frank and Alice (Osborn) Nash. He grew up in Plainview, Minn., graduating from Plainview High School in 1948, before attending the Austin Area Vocational Technical Institute. Ken married Frances Myers in 1950. They later divorced. After serving his country in the United States Army during the Korean War, he moved to Austin, Minn., in 1956. Ken was united in marriage to Rosella (McAlister) Hall in 1963, in Sioux Falls, S.D. They lived their entire married life in Mapleview, where he served as policeman, fireman, councilman, and mayor. He was employed by Weyerhaeuser for 38 years. Ken enjoyed dancing, woodworking, picture and video photography, working in the yard, and farming for Dwight Ault.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Rosella Nash, of Mapleview; eight children: Michael Hall, of Minneapolis; Joy (Ron) Louters, of Columbus, Ohio; Gary (Jayne) Nash, Steve Hall, Scott (Darlene) Nash, Randy (Gail) Nash, Jan (Dennis) Harmer, and Jeanne (Brent) Crump, all of Austin; 19 grandchildren Travis, Janny, Wesley, Jessie, Thomas, Matt, Erick, Brandon, April, Timothy, Jeremy, Emilee, Nicole, Patrick, Jordan, Ashley, Dalton, Tyler, Alison, and 17 great grandchildren; one sister, Bette (Bob) Kinney, of Little Canada, Minn.; brother-in-law Lawrence (Jeannine) McAlister; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Alice Nash, his son Rick Nash, his sister Charlotte ‘Dolly’ Nash, his in-laws C.H. ‘Red’ and Hazel McAlister; five brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law.

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Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at the Church of Christ in Austin with Rev. David DeFor officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in Oakwood Cemetery, with military honors by American Legion Post 91, and VFW Post 1216. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at