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Landis Nelson

Landis Nelson, 86 of Webster died on Friday, November 30, 2012 at Sanford Hospital in Webster. His funeral will be at 10:30 A.M. Monday, December 3, 2012 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Webster, Rev. Daniel Ostercamp will officiate. Burial with military rites will be in the Webster Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Sunday 5-7 P.M. and prior to services Monday at the church. Landis Eldon Nelson was born on Saturday, September 25, 1926 to Emer and Esther (Anderson) Nelson on a farm north of Lily, South Dakota. He was baptized and confirmed at Lily Lutheran Church. He attended school in Lily and graduated from Lily High School in 1945. In June 1945 he entered the U.S. Army and served until January 1947 and then returned back to the Lily area where he worked as a farmer and house mover. In January 1950 he joined the South Dakota National Guard in Webster. In September 1950 he was called to active duty during the Korean Conflict and was stationed in Ft. Carson, Colorado and Ft. Richardson, Alaska. He returned home from active duty in July 1952. He was united in marriage to Mae Rohde on January 16, 1954 at Webster, South Dakota. The couple lived at Webster. Landis worked as a house mover until May 1958 when he became full-time with the National Guard. He retired in December 1984 and had attained the rank of Sergeant Major. He entered Bethesda Home in Webster in November 2009. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Webster. He was a Life-Member of Herbert McKennett Post 40 American Legion in Webster. He enjoyed hunting and ice fishing, gardening, planting trees and puttering around in his shop where he made fish shacks. Landis passed away on Friday, November 30, 2012 at Webster, South Dakota at the age of 86 years, 2 months and 5 days. Survivors include his wife, Mae of Webster; one son, Doug (Cindy) Nelson of Webster, SD; one daughter, Lori (Lowell) Glanzman of Pierre, SD; one brother, Wendell Nelson of California; one sister, Elaine Solberg of Sioux Falls, SD; two granddaughters, Jennifer and Traci; and two great grandsons, Layne and Chase. He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Jeff, Boyd, Dulley and Vernon.

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We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. I know this is not an easy time. We will be thinking of you and your family. Let me know if there is anything we can do. Has the family set up a memorial? Love you guys. Ron and Candy

Ronnie & Candy Mayfield Dec 3 2012 12:00 AM

Mae and Doug, I am very sorry to hear of Landis's passing. I enjoyed his as a friend and one of my veterans. He always had time for me and I appreciated that. He will be missed. I intend to be at family services Sunday evening. He was a great man, a friend and served our country with honor. Les Rowland

Lester E Rowland Dec 3 2012 12:00 AM

Lori, You and your family have my deepest sympathy.

Anne (Flagstad) Anderson Dec 2 2012 12:00 AM

Landis and May were our neighbors for many years in Webster. Landis was a very kind and quiet man that never yelled at the kids in the neighborhood when we were making to much noise. He would just look at us and smile. We knew then to quiet down. I remember go by in my car and seeing Landis in his large workshed, working on some project to keep him busy. My thoughts and prayers are with May, Lori, Doug and there families. God Bless you all.

Nancy Herr Peschong Dec 1 2012 12:00 AM

Landis Nelson, one of the best motor sergeants I have ever known and worked with. I remember the annual training periods at Camp Ripley, MN with each Battery’s equipment lined up dress right dress in long lines and the Battery motor sergeants walking the lines inspecting vehicles and watching operators perform their maintenance. Landis was on the line approving the maintenance in his line of equipment and instructing operator the proper maintenance procedures. He was a great mentor of the Soldiers in HHB 2/147FA and units within the battalion. I enjoyed working with Sergeant Nelson in the maintenance shop in Webster. I believe Landis had a hand in my National Guard career as a teacher and mentor of high standards. I remember and picture Landis standing in front of HHB’s equipment chewing on his stogie. Rest in peace Landis! My prayers and thoughts are with your family. Jerry Eaton

Jerry Eaton Nov 30 2012 12:00 AM