Kermit Nelson, 83 of rural Barnesville, Minnesota died Tuesday, October 13, 2009, in the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Fargo. Kermit, son of Bennie O. and Agnes M. (Strandlin) Nelson, was born February 4, 1926 in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. He attended school and grew to manhood in the Barnesville area, graduating from Barnesville High School in 1944. In April of 1946 he entered the U.S. Army where he served until he was honorably discharged in 1947. He returned to the Barnesville area where he farmed. Kermit married Alice Egge on October 16, 1948 in Gran Lutheran Church, Skree Township, Clay County, Minnesota. The couple made their home in Humboldt Township, Clay County where they farmed and raised their family. In 1958 he began driving his milk truck servicing North Star Dairy in Fergus Falls. In 1970 he began his career as an American Family Insurance Agent with offices in Barnesville. He also worked for Oscar Parke Mutual Insurance Company in Rothsay, Minnesota. He retired in 1989 and continued to live in Humboldt Township until the time of his death. He was a member of Gran Lutheran Church and over the years he held many different offices including president of the congregation. He was a member of Rollag Seniors, the American Legion Post 153 of Barnesville and Toastmasters. He was proud of his Dale Carnegie connections. Kermit was an avid reader and was fascinated with current events. He had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and was versed in many subjects. He enjoyed music, and in his later years, enjoyed working with old gas engines. Kermit and Alice enjoyed traveling and had a number of great trips through out their lives together. He is survived by his wife, Alice Nelson of rural Barnesville; one daughter, Cheryl (Bryan) Henning of Larkspur, Colorado; two sons, Steve (Shari) Nelson of Worthington, Minnesota, Jim Nelson of rural Barnesville; five grandchildren, Christopher Henning of the South Pole, Michael Henning of Larkspur, Justin Nelson of Fargo, Jared Nelson of Barnesville and Taylor Nelson of Fargo; and two step-grandsons, Paul Nunes of Worthington and Timothy Nunes of Marshall, Minnesota. He is also survived by one brother, Curtis (Delores) Nelson of rural Barnesville; one aunt, Evelynne Nelson of Moorhead, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Barbara Tenneson. Visitation: will be Friday from 5:00 " 8:00 with a Prayer service at 7:00 in Dobmeier Funeral Home, Barnesville. Memorial Service: will be Saturday at 11:00 in Rollag Lutheran Church, Rollag, Minnesota. Interment: Gran Lutheran Cemetery, Skree Township, Clay County, Minnesota.