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A celebration of Sidney’s life will be held in the future when all his family and friends are able to be together. The date and time will be announced.
In memory of
Sidney Nelson
May 14, 1928 - May 30, 2021 - Age 93

It is with great sadness that the family of Pastor Sidney Nelson, of Medicine Hat, announces his death on Sunday May 30, 2021. He died peacefully in Medicine Hat Hospital with Elaine at his side.
He is survived by his wife Elaine (Iversen) Nelson who shared his life and ministry for 66 years.  He is also survived by six children, twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren: daughter Riva Nelson and son-in-law Randy Smith, grandchildren children Nicole Smith (and Serge Lansiquot) and Eric Smith; daughter Santhy (Nelson) Yeager and son-in-law Les Yeager and grandchildren Graeme Good (and Ashley (Sparham) Good) and Michael Yeager; son Dean Nelson and daughter-in-law Kateri (Bechard) Nelson and grandson, Daniel Nelson; daughter Maren Nelson and son-in-law Stephen Miller and granddaughters, Laurie Ann Miller, Meagan Miller and Swathish Ayyappan; daughter Kirsti (Nelson) Anderson and son-in-law Mark Anderson and granddaughters, Gillian Anderson (and Ken Smith) and great granddaughter Kiyla Anderson; Melissa Anderson (and Marek (Koch) Anderson), Sarah Anderson and great-granddaughters Tayah and Alaynah Anderson; son Erik Nelson and daughter-in-law Susan (Mayer) Nelson and grandchildren children, Janay Nelson and Tory Nelson. He is also survived by his sisters Helen Gilbertson (Leon Gilbertson) and Evelyn Martin (Bruce Martin) and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Peter Emilius and Dena (Robertson) Nelson, parents-in-law Fred and Nora Iversen; his siblings (and their spouses) Nora Nelson, Robert Nelson (Esther (Schroeder) Nelson), Mary Nelson Block (Daniel Block and Dwaine Pattison), Eleanor Nelson, Daniel Nelson, Edward Nelson (Helen Sinclair Nelson), Bertin Nelson, Ruth Nelson (Joseph Hample), Myrtle Frostad Cooper (Harold Frostad and William Cooper).

Sidney was born in 1928 in Meckling South Dakota, the l0th child (of 12) of Dena (Robertson) and Peter Nelson. He attended public school in Naicam, Saskatchewan and LCBI Bible School, Outlook, Saskatchewan (1946-47), University of Saskatchewan and Luther Seminary (B.Th. 1947-52.) He had post-graduate education at the University of Saskatchewan (B.A. 1967-68), Lutheran Seminary Saskatoon (M. Div. 1969) and McGill University (M.A. 1969-70).
He was ordained to ministry in the Lutheran Church on May 25, 1952. He was proud to be in the third generation of pastors in the Nelson family, following after his grandfather, Rev. Daniel Nelson (ord. 1890), a missionary in China, his father Pastor Peter Emil Nelson (ord. 1914), and his uncles Bertin Nels Nelson (ord. 1917) and Daniel Nelson (ord. 1928).

Pastor Nelson served in several Lutheran congregations and in national church offices during his career: Frontier Parish, Frontier SK (1952-55); Youth Director of Canada District of the American Lutheran Church, with office in Saskatoon, SK (1955-56}; Mission Developer, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Lethbridge AB (1956-60); Joplin Lutheran Church in Joplin Montana (1960-63); Youth and Parish Director, Canadian Region of the ALC with office in Saskatoon SK (1963-66); St. Ansgar Lutheran Parish, Montreal PQ (1968-81); Grace Lutheran, Medicine Hat AB (1981-88} and Unity Lutheran Church, Medicine Hat, AB (1988-93}.
During his time in Medicine Hat, Sid was involved in various community organizations including the United Way, Santa Claus Fund, Medicine Hat and District Community Foundation, local chapter of the Alberta Care Association, and member of the Alberta Press Council (1993-99) where he received a Distinguished Service Award in 1999. He also wrote a regular column for the Medicine Hat News.

He volunteered on many other committees and organizations: President of Swift Current Circuit Luther League (1952-55) Youth Director Canada District Luther League (1955-56), Ministerial Associations in Lethbridge, Montana, Saskatoon, Montreal and Medicine Hat. Co-chair of Luthercon '67 a national youth event of the main Lutheran Churches in Canada. Montreal Interfaith Advisory Committee to the CBS 1969-81. Founding member of "Interfaith Task Force for Soviet Jewry" in Montreal; Church Council of ELCC; National Board of Trustees, ELCC; National Board of Parish Life, ELCIC and Alberta Synod.
Sid's retirement years were busy and happy. He continued to do pulpit supply in vacant parishes and pastoral care in hospitals while enjoying their grandchildren and their many activities. Sid and Elaine also travelled frequently to Europe, the Middle East, China, Mexico and to visit family members scattered across North America.

He was fond of a good joke and understood how to use humour in his ministry and life to relieve tension, ease grief and give life perspective.
Favourite Bible Verse: Hebrews 11:1-3: "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible." 

The family is very grateful to the physicians, nurses and staff of the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital for their compassionate care. 

A celebration of Sidney’s life will be held in the future when all his family and friends are able to be together. The date and time will be announced.   To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: office@pattisonfuneralhome.com subject heading: Sidney Nelson.

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Message from Lynn Steedsman May 31, 2021
Elaine I am so sorry to hear of Paster Nelson passing, I lived down below you at Norwood Grand.
He always had a hello to say when he met you. Take care of yourself .
My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Lynn Steedsman
Message from Kim Pancoast June 01, 2021
Elaine, Eric and Susan and Nelson Family, I am saddened to read of Syd's passing. He was always so interested in what I was up to when we met up. It was a pleasure to look into the audience and see him enjoying the music. He was a rare bird in the pastoral community as he looked a person square in the eye and really and truly wanted to know how one was. I am priviledged to have known him. God bless all of you as you move forward in this life without Syd's earthly presence.
Kim Pancoast
Message from Louise Maier June 01, 2021
Elaine and family I am so sorry to hear of the passing of such a dear and wonderful man, he will be missed by many people that have looked up to him over the years. My prayers are with you at this sad time. We know Sid in the arms of the Lord .
Louise Maier
Message from Margaret & Pat Kelly June 01, 2021
Elaine and family I am sorry to hear about the loss of a compassionate person. He was an inspiration to me and so many other people. I will miss his humor very much.
Margaret & Pat Kelly
Message from Conrad Grams June 01, 2021
He was an amazing man. I always had great respect and admiration for him. He will be deeply missed.
Conrad Grams
Message from Marion & Dennis Radke June 01, 2021
Sid was a great guy - always friendly and personable. Please accept our sincere condolences. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Marion & Dennis Radke
Message from Ron and Lane Berger June 01, 2021
Sending condolences to your family from ours. May your many fond memories bring healing to your heavy hearts.
Ron and Lane Berger
Message from Les Aman June 01, 2021
Elaine and Family, I am saddened to read of Pastor Sid's passing. He was an inspiration to me and countless others I'm sure. I was blessed to know Sid and all of his family. God's Peace be with you all.
Les Aman
Message from Lance Duncalfe June 01, 2021
Elaine, condolences from my wife Linda and myself, as well as the staff here at Chinook Village. We did not know Sid for a long time - but it took no time for him to find a big place in our hearts. He was such a warm, approachable, sociable and pleasant individual. He always took time to chat. And don't call me Rev. or even Pastor, call me Sid - a humble man to be revered and honored. Thank you Elaine for sharing your husband with us as a community - we loved him dearly and pray God will continue to strengthen you be His grace in the days ahead. Chaplain Lance
...on behalf of the Staff here at Chinook Village
Lance Duncalfe
Message from Brad, Cindy, Mandy (Morris) and Tom Goranson June 01, 2021
So sad to hear of Pastor Sid's passing. He holds a special place in the hearts of our family. Our condolences to Elaine and family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Brad, Cindy, Mandy (Morris) and Tom Goranson
Message from Maxine and family June 01, 2021
We send our deepest condolences for the loss of a legend. He was the best uncle anyone could have. I have so many great memories. I send my love to you Aunt Elaine and your family.
Maxine and family
Message from Wendy Anderson, Sara Freeman, Maren Grams June 02, 2021
Elaine and family,
My deepest condolences to you. I think of times spent with you Elaine and Syd, and remain ever so grateful for those times. He was a man who made you happy just to be in his presence. My world is a better place because I knew him.
Wendy Anderson, Sara Freeman, Maren Grams
Message from Elaine Wiedemann June 02, 2021
Dear family of Sid,
My condolences and sympathy on the passing of Sid. I will remember his friendliness and compassion.
Elaine Wiedemann
Message from Dr Ron and Terri Witzke June 02, 2021
We mourn with you the passing of this good caring pastor who blessed us for many years with his friendship and ministered to our family in good times and bad. He managed to temper his incredible intellect with the understanding of the common man to reach out to all his flock and strengthen our faith in God. May he find the joy and peace in his homecoming above.
Dr Ron and Terri Witzke
Message from Pam Godin June 03, 2021
Elaine and family - I send my condolences to you Elaine and your family. Pastor Sid was such a friendly and welcoming person. One of our best conversations that I will always remember was one time I visited him in the hospital. We talked for a long time about mutual acquaintances and similar life events. He was a great person and leaves a lasting legacy.
Pam Godin
Message from Lynne Schmidt June 03, 2021
The Nelson family: My sincerest condolences on your loss. Sid was such a pleasure to be around and he could always cheer you up with his warmth and kindness. I will miss his stories, jokes and that constant gleam in his eyes. He was a true friend and I will miss him. Please take care during this difficult time. I look forward to seeing you again as our lives return to normal.
Lynne Schmidt
Message from Janet Albrecht June 04, 2021
We, the members at St. Paul Lutheran Church - Burstall, Sk. wish to convey our sincerest condolences in the passing of your dear husband, father, & grandfather ..... our congregation always looked forward to Reverend Sid's visits to lead us in Worship... his friendly manner filled with compassion, honesty, and sometimes humor were so greatly appreciated by all.
Janet Albrecht
Message from Brenda Nystuen June 04, 2021
Extending our deepest sympathies to Sidneys family. I am a granddaughter of the late Ethel & Tom Sugden , daughter of the late George Okell & Edith Okell. We always enjoyed our visits with Helen & Edward & Meryl & Lloyd. Grandma Sugden spoke often of the Nelson family.
Brenda Nystuen
Message from Madelene Sebaldt June 05, 2021
To family of Pastor Sidney Melvin Nelson, my sincere condolences for your loss - we'd known him at the St-Ansgar's Lutheran Church several years ago. He will be missed very much.
Madelene Sebaldt
Message from Cliff and Lorraine Reinhardt June 05, 2021
We are so sad to hear of Sid’s passing. May God grant you comfort and peace and surround you with love.
Cliff and Lorraine Reinhardt
Message from Rev. Samuel King-Kabu June 06, 2021
Members and friends of St. Ansgar Lutheran Church, Montreal, QC. wish to convey our heartfelt sympathy to Rev. Sid Nelson's family. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family as they mourn Pastor Sid's death, he was a great pastor. Job well done Pastor Sid you have earned your Rest. Be blessed.
Rev. Samuel King-Kabu
Message from Gary Gullickson June 07, 2021
Elaine, I am so sorry for your loss. Having read Sidney’s obituary, I am reminded of his wonderful legacy, through his ministry and personal life. As a boy growing up in Naicam across the street from the Nelson family I saw Sidney as my hero. As well, his box kites were a marvel to be behold. I am also reminded of a great supper meal and your warm hospitality when I was an adjudicator at the Medicine Hat music festival.
Blessings to you and your family, Elaine.
Gary Gullickson
Message from Sue Masterman June 08, 2021
Elaine, I am so sorry to hear of Sid's passing. He was a wonderful man, down to earth and humble, and a great pastor. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. My deepest condolences to you and your family.
Sue Masterman
Message from (Rev. Dr.) Bob Cruickshank June 08, 2021
Elaine and family: Joan and I extend our prayers and condolences. On arriving in M.H. 20 yrs. ago, Sid was an immediate friend. He truly shared his "big view" of Church in a genuine way. He even loved Presbyterians! We thank God with you for his long and full life of ministry, as well as the love he showed as husband and father. Be blessed. Bob Cruickshank
(Rev. Dr.) Bob Cruickshank
Message from Cynthia and Don Smith June 09, 2021
Elaine and family: Pastor Sid meant so much to our family because he was a man of integrity and compassion. We think of Sid for being not just our pastor, but our friend through good times and bad times. It`s not what he accomplished in life, it is the lives he influenced and inspired along the way. He never lost sight of God and we will miss his masterful spirit.
Cynthia and Don Smith
Message from Jerry and Gloria June 15, 2021
Elaine and family, we share your sorrow in the passing of Sid. We have very fond memories of him and your family. He touched our lives with joy and his laughter. Bless you all.
Jerry and Gloria
Message from Sherry Aadland June 21, 2021
Elaine and family, I was very saddened to hear of Sid’s passing…he will be missed by so many, for so many wonderful reasons, but missed and remembered very fondly he will be. At any of the Sons of Norway functions , Sid was a pleasure to visit with , to be around, to know. My heart and prayers go to you! Hugs!,
Sherry Aadland