Nels Eaner


Nels Nystrom passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at Red Deer General Hospital surrounded by his loving family after a brief and brave battle with cancer. Nels was born in Glen Park Alberta on May 4th, 1929 and spent most of his life in central Alberta. Nels married his beloved wife Audrey (Smith) in 1950. He is survived by Audrey, his two daughters Helen (and her husband Doug Swanson ) and Verna (and her husband Dickson Wood) and by his sister Verna Nichols. Nels was a kind, patient and caring husband and father and will also be remembered by his grandchildren Nan-Michelle (Brad), Kyla (Julian), Myles, Kelsey and Jenna and his great grandchildren Kennedy, Caden, Pierce, Eden and Silas all of whom loved him dearly.

Nels enjoyed a successful 35 year career with United Grain Growers which took him to many of the small communities in Alberta and ended in a leadership role at the head office in Winnipeg. Nels and Audrey retired in 1990 and settled for several years in Vernon and Salmon Arm where they always found ways to contribute generously to the Presbyterian Church and the community. They returned to Red Deer in 2011 to be close to their family.

Nels brought laughter and love to every situation and was a remarkable story teller. Nels always had a project or two on the go. Whether it was refinishing furniture, building cedar chests and kayaks for his grandchildren, helping with renovations or acting as resident lumberjack, Nels created a lasting legacy for his entire family. Nels also bestowed his love of the outdoors on his daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren. The countless games of cribbage and rummy that the grandkids always seemed to win will be cherished in our memories.

Nels’ family will be holding a private memorial service. Nels’ many friends and loved ones are invited to a celebration of his life at Sierra Grand Seniors Residence (4805 45th Street, Red Deer) from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 7th, 2013.

Donations in Nels’ name may be made directly to the Red Deer Regional Hospital Palliative Care Unit (3942 – 50A Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta T4N 4E7).

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Arrangements entrusted to

Valeri Watson


4820 – 45 Street, Red Deer.

Phone (403) 347-2222

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