Clark Wilford Nelson, 85

Published 8:14 am Friday, October 4, 2019

Clark Wilford Nelson, 85

Clark Wilford Nelson, 85, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, Sept. 29, 2019, at Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea, Minnesota.

Clark was born on Aug. 5, 1934, in Geneva, Minnesota, to Wilford and Verna (Jensen) Nelson. He grew up in Geneva and attended Ellendale, Minnesota, schools. On May 6, 1955, Clark was united in marriage to Dawn Sauke at the Geneva Community Lutheran Church. Together they raised two children. He worked for Hodgkiss Drainage, was a ditch digger and worked at the Geneva Elevator. He then was a supervisor for Ulland Brothers Inc. from 1957 to 1986, performing heavy highway construction until he became disabled. Clark enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins and Vikings, fishing, camping and never missed an opportunity to tell jokes. His sense of humor will be missed by all who loved and knew him.

Survivors include his wife, Unita Dawn Nelson of Austin; son Wade A. (Carolyn) Nelson of Austin; daughter, Wendy L. Burch of Austin; and a granddaughter, Angela M. Burch and many other wonderful relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; Wilford and Verna Nelson; sister, Janet Johannsen, nieces; Maeta White and Tammy Johannsen; father and mother-in-law, Herman and Grace Sauke; brother-in-law, Donald Hope; and sister-in- law, Cheryl Sauke.

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A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin, with Pastor Mark Van House officiating. A visitation will be held for one hour before the service at church. Interment will be at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to a recipient of the donor’s choice.

Services are pre-arranged and performed with Worlein Funeral Home of Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at