RUSSELL NELSON, 96, of Decorah, died Thursday, June 20, 2013, at the Barthell Eastern Star Home in Decorah. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Monday, June 24, at the Decorah Lutheran Church, Decorah, with Rev. David Sorenson and Rev. Bryan Robertson officiating. Burial is in the Phelps Cemetery, Decorah. Friends may call from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the Schluter - Balik Funeral Home and after 10 a.m. at the church Monday morning. There is a VFW Memorial Service at 4 p.m., at the funeral home Sunday evening. Russell's survivors include his daughter, Roxanne (Kevin) Bischel, Spillville; one granddaughter, Rachel (Charlie) Walker, Nevada; one grandson, Ryan Ramsey, Ridgeway; three great-grandchildren: Dexter, Eli, Myka Jade Walker; one brother, Clarence Nelson, Chicago, Ill.; two sisters-in-law, Mae Brynsaas, Decorah and Hazel (Rollie) Grotegut, Decorah; along with many nieces and nephews. Russell was preceded in death by parents, Jacob and Thearsa (Larson) Nelson; his wife, Selma Nelson, Feb. 18, 2009; his father- and mother-in-law, Jens and Stella Rasmussen; one brother, Lloyd (Stella) Nelson; brothers- and sisters-in-law: Dorothy Nelson, Henrietta (Casper) Sundby, Ray (Grace) Rasmussen, Vernon (Lylas) Rasmussen, Marlyn Rasmussen, Lester (Marguerite) Rasmussen, Norman Brynsaas and Ervin (Arlene) Rasmussen.