Nels Lee Danielson, 55, of Rice, formerly of Brainerd, passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2022.
A gathering of Nels’ family and friends will be held from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., Friday, April 1, 2022, at Nelson – Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd. Military Honors will take place at 3 p.m. at the funeral home.
Nels was born July 21, 1966, in Brainerd, the son of Gordon and Sandra (Eckerly) Danielson. He and his brother, Shane spent their youth driving anything they could – BMX, snowmobiles, etc. They liked to drive fast, really fast. And their trophy count proved it as much as their mom’s gray hair. After graduating from Brainerd High School in 1984, Nels enlisted in the US Army and served for six years. He was a tank mechanic and used those skill following his discharge to work as a small engine mechanic, most recently at Plow World Power Equipment.
Nels was a guy who could make you laugh – with his quick wit, funny videos, and knack for pranks. He enjoyed fishing but nothing matched his love for children. He adored them.
He will be missed by his mom, Sandy; brother, Shane; nephew, Ducati; girlfriend, Jodi Welsh; Jodi’s children, Laila, Brandon, and Tristin; close cousins, Maria, Liana, and Mike; and many extending family members and tons of friends. He was preceded in death by his dad.
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