John V. Nelson, age 79, of Andover, formerly of Isanti, died May 1, 2020 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. A private memorial will be held at a later date.
John Virgil Nelson was born November 19, 1940 in Cambridge to Carl and Evelyn (Johnson) Nelson. He was raised in the Cambridge-Isanti area. John graduated from Cambridge High School, Class of 1959. He married Lynn Mahaffey on November 9, 1963 in Isanti. They made their home in Isanti and then in 1987 moved to Andover.
John loved spending time with family, and especially enjoyed time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Whether it was a family trip to Deadwood, a drive up to the farm, or tinkering in the yard, he was happiest providing for his family and spending time those he loved.
John died May 1, 2020 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis at the age of 79 years, 5 months, and 12 days. John was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Dayne; brothers, Ralph and LeRoy; sister, Sharon.
John is survived by his wife, Lynn; 3 children, Kris (Daryl) Birkholz, Mark (Shelly) Nelson, Bart (Amy) Nelson; 3 grandchildren, Justin (Nicole) Birkholz, Taylor Nelson, Shaina Nelson; 2 great-grandchildren, Jack and Callie Birkholz; 4 siblings, Joann (Louie) Leagjeld, Maureen (Dave) Anderson, Paul Nelson, Jim (Cathy) Nelson; and by many other relatives and friends.