Funeral Arrangements

Thursday, November 6, 2003

Floyd Nelson

Celebration of life services for Floyd O. Nelson, 91, were held at the First United Church in Sioux Rapids on Nov. 1, with Pastor Emily Allen officiating. Honoring Mr. Nelson's request, the services were private with inurnment to follow at a later date. Meyer Brothers Funeral Home, Sioux City, handled the arrangements.

Floyd, founder of Nelson Products Company, Sioux Rapids, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003, at the Spencer Municipal Hospital following a four-year battle with Sezany Syndrome.

Floyd O. Nelson was born on Jan. 19, 1912, in Lamoni, the son of Oscar and Lula (Work) Nelson. The family moved to the Estherville area, and it was there that Floyd received his education and developed a strong work ethic and a life-long love of learning.

After graduating from high school, Floyd moved to New York where he found employment and attended classes at Syracuse University. He later became employed by the Curtiss-Wright Corporation-Airplane Division out of Columbus, Ohio, as a quality control representative. His effort to enlist during World War II was denied due to the high priority position he held in the aviation field.

After the war Floyd returned to the Spencer area where he was employed as a salesman for the Clay County Implement and, later, as a sales representative for Jamesway Manufacturing Company out of Janesville, Wisconsin.

Floyd was united in marriage to Vera Remilland Griswold on August 14, 1954, at the Methodist Church in Worthington, Minnesota. They continued to make their home in Sioux Rapids, and in 1962 Floyd left January and founded Nelson Products Company. The company became known worldwide as a leader in small animal waterers and feeders. The company was sold in 1976, and Floyd and Vera enjoyed many carefree years of retirement.

Floyd was a member of the First United Church in Sioux Rapids and a sixty-three year member of the Grand Lodge in New York State, having been raised to the degree of Master Mason on June 21, 1940.

Floyd touched the lives of many people. He was a good husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He earned the respect of his employees, and they remained loyal to him even in his retirement. Other than family and friends, there was something else that was very important to Floyd and which brought him much joy - his lawn. If you are smiling now, you do understand!

Floyd is survived by Vera, his loving wife of 49 years; his daughter, Lynda Griswold Swanson of Davenport; two grandsons, Jeff Swanson of Littleton, Colorado, and Jon Swanson of Davenport; one sister, Alleta Nelson of Fairfield; one sister-in-law, Helen Nelson of Estherville; one cousin, Madolyn Chandler of Fairfield; a friend, Larry Swanson of Davenport; and several nieces and nephews, as well as many other relatives and friends.

Floyd was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Lula Nelson; by one sister, Vera and one brother, Claire of Estherville.


Lyle M. Turnquist, age 82, of Sioux Rapids, passed away on Sunday, November 2, 2003, at the Buena Vista Manor in Storm Lake. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, November 5, at the Sliefert ~ Asmus Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids at 1:30 p.m. with Reverend Emily Allen officiating. Interment will be in the Lone Tree Cemetery. A visitation will be on Tuesday, November 4, 2003, at the Sliefert ~ Asmus Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids from 4-8 p.m. The Sliefert ~ Asmus Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids is in charge of the arrangements.

Lyle Merritt Turnquist, one of four children of Gust and Hattie (Lutter) Turnquist, was born on February 27, 1921, near Rembrandt. He graduated from Lincoln-Lee High School in the rural Albert City/Marathon area in 1938. After graduation, he began farming before enlisting in the United States Army Air Force on August 21, 1942. Lyle completed aviation mechanic courses at the Army Air Forces Technical School in Amarillo, Texas and was awarded his wings in February of 1944. In serving his country, Lyle successfully participated in 30 combat missions overseas and earned many distinctions as an engineer and top turret gunner on an Eighth Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress. On October 14, 1945, Lyle was honorably discharged.

Upon his discharge, Lyle returned home near Rembrandt to continue farming. On April 5, 1965, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Sheker in Jackson, Minnesota. Together they farmed both livestock, including hogs and cattle, and grain. The last ten years of farming were spent solely on grain. Lyle retired from farming in 1984. He enjoyed reading and took great pride in his work. His family will always remember his meticulous workshop.

Lyle is survived by his wife, Dorothy Turnquist of Sioux Rapids; two sisters: Marjorie Madsen of Rembrandt and Maxine Schomaker of Cedar Falls, and many nieces and nephews and other loving relatives and friends.

Preceding Lyle in death were his parents, Gust and Hattie Turnquist and his brother, Lawrence Turnquist.