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Nelson James Holter

July 12, 2012
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Nelson James Holter, 51, of Wildrose, N.D., passed away on June 28, 2012 ,in Bismarck, N.D.

Nelson was born March 6, 1961, to James and Joyce Swenson Holter in Fargo, N.D. He was raised in Casselton, N.D. until 5th grade when they moved to Ames, Iowa .where he graduated from High School in 1979.

He graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in Industrial Science degree in 1985. He was a manufacturing engineering for Westinghouse in Baltimore, Md., for six years until returning to the Midwest to Bottineau, N.D. in 1991. There he worked at Turtle Mountain Corporation. For the next 17 years he worked in Sioux Falls, S.D., first at Electronic Systems, Inc. as a program manager and then 12 years for Dakota Care as a program analyst, and computer programmer. He received his masters in information Technology and programming from Dakota State University in Madison, S.D. He recently moved with his family to Wildrose, N.D. to take over the family ranch.

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Nelson James Holter

He married his lovely wife, Donna Marie DeFrance, on April 27, 1985, in Ames. They were married for 27 years. He was a wonderful Father to his amazing children, Joshua, and Natalie. They were the joy of his life. He greatly enjoyed spending time with his family.

He enjoyed working on house projects and was a talented handyman. He loved to go dirt bike riding and has owned and operated many dirt bikes since he was a teenager. He was very mechanical and able to work on various motorcycles and car engines.

Nelson is survived by his wife, Donna, and their two children, Josh and Natalie, Wildrose; parents, James and Joyce Holter, Fargo, N.D.; sisters, Debra (Bruce) Elliott, Ellicott City, Md. and daughter Angela Bruzek; sister, Patricia, (Stuart) Hellman, Wauconda, Ill., and daughters, Krista and Kim; Brother, Alan,(Jamie) Holter, Dodgeville, Wisc., and sons, Joseph, and Benjamin; Aunt, Linda (Gelaine) Orvik, Fargo, N.D.; cousins, James Krise, Wildrose, N.D., David Krise, Lander, Wyo., Thomas Krise, Salem, Ore., Kent Knutson, Arlington, Va., Paul Knutson, Minneapolis, Md., Kyle Knutson, Greeley, Colo., nieces and nephews, extended family, and countless friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests Nelson's memory is honored with a memorial donation for a school scholarship fund at the Farmer's State Bank in Crosby, N.D.

A celebration of life will be scheduled for a later date.

Stakston-Martin Funeral Home of Crosby is in charge of arrangements.



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