NORFOLK — Services for Leland Nelson, 83, of Norfolk will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Cynthia Stewart officiating and burial in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Home for Funerals.
He died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at Countryside Home in Madison.
Leland was born on April 9, 1929, in rural Cuming County near Oakland, the son of Robert and Lorena (Johnson) Nelson. He was raised on the family farm and attended rural school. He attended Tekamah High School for one year and graduated from Oakland High School.
Following his graduation, Leland worked as a farm hand before entering the U.S. Army in 1951. He served until earning his honorable discharge in 1953. He continued his education at the University of Minnesota at Moorehead before returning to farming in Nebraska.
On Oct. 23, 1958, Leland married Charlotte Rice in Grand Island. The couple farmed, operated a Grade A dairy and raised other diversified livestock. He owned two Duroc state champions. He was a member of the Duroc Breeders Association and was a charter member of the Nebraska Pork Producers and 81 & 91 Pork Producers.
Leland was the first hog producer in Nebraska to use the slatted-floor design for a hog farrowing barn. He also raised Braunvieh cattle. Through the use of AI, Leland improved his herd to the point of showing them in national shows. He was active in the Braunvieh Association.
Since the age of 8, Leland had been a life long participant in 4-H. He was honored as grand marshal at the Nebraska State Fair parade. Leland served many years on the Madison County Fair Board and was an active member at the time of his death. He also was a member of the Friends of the Madison County Fair Foundation. Leland was always civically active in the communities where he lived.
Leland was very active in the Region 21 Iris Society and the Elkhorn Valley Iris Society. He served as an iris judge at many iris shows. He was a member of the Master Gardener Club. He enjoyed antique cars and was a member of the Norfolk Antique Car Club.
Leland is survived by his children and their spouses, Robert and Mary Jo Nelson of Norfolk, Susan and Kerry Krueger of Albion and Mark and Julie Nelson of Hastings, nine grandchildren and one great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.