Verlyn L. Nelson, 81, of Windom passed away on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 at his home in rural Windom.

He was a farmer for over 50 years and founder and co-owner of Nelson Seeds, LLC. He also volunteered for Windom Fire Department for 25 years.

He served in the U.S. Army National Guard from 1957 to 1960.

Verlyn was born on May 11, 1935 in McPherson, the son of Andrew Vernon and Esther Victoria (Lindquist) Nelson. He graduated from Windom High School in 1953 and attended Bethany College. On May 4, 1958, he was united in marriage to Wanda L. Swick in McPherson.

He was a member of Andover Lutheran Church and Windom Lions Club. He sang in the Messiah Choir at Bethany College and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity.

Survivors include his loving wife of 58 years, Wanda of the home; daughter, Cheri (Roger) Aufdemberge of Lyons; son, Philip (Susan) Nelson of Windom; sister, Clarice Byers of McPherson; eight grandchildren, Justin Nelson, Jonah Nelson, Jacob Nelson, Amanda (Doug) George, Andrew (Lacey) Rush, Aaron (Elise) Rush, Adam Rush, and Abigail Rush; two great-granddaughters, Emma and Alyvia George; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter-in-law, Jalane Nelson.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 at Andover Lutheran Church, rural Windom with family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27 at Andover Lutheran Church with the Rev. Elizabeth Liggett officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Andover Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Andover Lutheran Church or Windom Fire Department in loving memory of Verlyn in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 N. Chestnut St., McPherson, KS 67460.

Personal condolences may be sent to the family at www.stockhamfamily.com.