NELSON, Howard Nelson


Howard Raymond Nelson was born in Willowbrook, Saskatchewan on January 26, 1915 to parents Carl and Johanna Nelson who had come from Sweden. He was predeceased by three brothers and five sisters. In 1926 his family moved to farm in Norquay, SK district. Howard was a very good student who finished grade eight before working on the farm.  He always had a love for horses and dressed as a cowboy. In his mid-twenties he attended Covenant Bible School at Norquay where he met a girl from Ontario, Bernice Elias. She was assigned to write letters of encouragement to him when he went into military training for World War II. Howard served in the Royal Canadian Army medical corps throughout several countries in Europe while Bernice finished Bible School and went back to continue her children's ministry in Northwestern Ontario. They were engaged when Howard returned home and married on April 22, 1946. Howard finished Bible School, high school and then one year of university. After that they were involved in mission work for many years in Saskatchewan (co-founding Torch Trail Bible Camp with Cliff McComb), Alberta (as a colporteur for the British and Foreign Bible Society), and then in Quebec at a Children's Home as well as Bethel Bible Institute, where he became fluent in the French language.  In 1963 they moved back west with one son and four daughters.  They remained in Saskatchewan until 1995 when they came to Carstairs, AB to be close to family, and later to Linden.  Howard's family is very grateful for the loving care he received from the Linden Nursing Home staff the last 8 years. He is survived by their 5 children, 12 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. Howard and Bernice were happily married for 63 years. Howard enjoyed reminiscing with family and friends. If a story didn't come to mind, a song or a witty comment would. He had a keen interest in farming, politics and current events.  He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and a good cup or two of coffee at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. His loving devotion to his wife, Bernice was evident to all.  He will always be remembered by his children and grandchildren for his gentle, loving nature and his commitment to His Lord.