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David Alan Nelson

David Alan Nelson, age 60, passed away peacefully of COPD at home on March 4, 2023.

He is survived by his partner of 23 years, Kathy Shawhan, who was the love of his life; by his beloved mother, Mary Sussex Nelson (Paul Richardson); sister, Cindy Nelson (Dave Gorg); brother, Paul Nelson; niece, Natalie Gorg (Ross Flores); nephew, Casey Nelson; and many cousins. Also survived by Kathy’s daughters: Michelle Shawhan and Jessie Shawhan and their families.  He was preceded in death by his much adored father, Rev. Charles E. Nelson.

David Alan Nelson
David Alan Nelson

The family remembers Dave as a sweet-natured boy who spent countless happy hours in his youth with his brother playing board games, riding bikes, hanging out with cousins and friends, and enjoying lake-side vacations in northern Minnesota. At a young age Dave began playing hockey, which he excelled at, and continued to play throughout his high school years. Many sports interested Dave but he had a singular and lifelong passion for the Minnesota Vikings. He particularly delighted in music and dancing, learning about history, and conversing with people. He was an avid consumer of local, state and national news. He worked hard to become a Master Gardener, and was very proud of this accomplishment. From an early age he loved and cared for his pet cats, always having one or two. His cat Simon, who comforted him so much these last years, seems lost without him.

Dave grew up in Minnesota and moved to Iowa to go to college. While living in Des Moines he worked in sales at Yonkers for a number of years. His love of books and reading led him to entrepreneurship and the ownership of a small bookshop. In 2004 he moved to Charles City where he worked for local businesses including Prairie Ridge Golf Course and Super Eight Motel.

Our gratitude to Dr. Paul Royer and to staff at Floyd County Medical Center for their advice and attentive care of David during his illness. David appreciated you.

The Nelson family would like to especially acknowledge and thank Kathy for her love, unflagging dedication and care for Dave over the years, especially as he experienced increasing health issues. Kathy proved an incredible caregiver and David was so lucky to have her in his life. He loved her and so do we.

Dave was a sentimental person and completely devoted to those he loved. He will be greatly missed by his family.

Interment will be in Hope, North Dakota where those who have gone before him now rest.

Hauser Weishaar Funeral Home, (641) 228-2323, 1205 South Main Street, Charles City, Iowa 50616 is in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall for the family at

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