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Matthew Nelson

Matthew James Nelson, age 27, of San Diego, California, died Tuesday, April 5, 2011.  His funeral mass was celebrated at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, April 12th, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church by Rev. Terry Anderson.  Burial was in St. Martin Cemetery. The family prefers memorials.

Matthew James Nelson was born in Wessington Springs on June 1, 1983, to James and Joan (Riege) Nelson.  He was baptized and confirmed in Holy Trinity Parish and attended St. Martin Elementary School.  Matt graduated from Huron High School in 2001 and attended South Dakota State University for one year.  He moved to San Diego in 2003 and worked at numerous jobs over the years.  Matt loved sports.  He participated in basketball, wrestling and baseball and also played football while in high school.  Matt was a huge Washington Redskins fan.  He had a magnetic personality and a fantastic sense of humor.  Matt made friends with ease and brightened the day of everyone with whom he came in contact.

Matt is survived by his father, Jim of Huron; ten siblings, Melissa (Chris) Nelson-Chiprez of Burlington, Iowa, Angela (Chris Elfering) Nelson and Sarah Langbehn, both of Huron, Josh Nelson of Yankton, Rachel Nelson of Sioux Falls, Nathaniel Nelson of Palo Alto, California, and James Nelson, Jr., Elizabeth Nelson, Alexander Nelson and Nicholas Nelson, all of Huron; his grandmother, Delrosa Riege of Nebraska City, Nebraska; his aunts and uncles, Julie (Robert) Lubke of Sioux Falls, Jeffrey Nelson and Joel (Amy) Nelson, all of Huron, Margaret Studnicka-Riege of Greenwood, Nebraska, Janet (John) Palmtag of Nebraska City, Nebraska, Julie Riege (Jeff Conway) of Overland Park, Kansas, and Jeri (Vic) Johns and Michael (Janis) Riege, all of Nebraska City, Nebraska; dozens of cousins, nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Amanda Burtt of Berkley, California.

Matt was preceded in death by his mother, Joan Nelson; an uncle, Mark Riege; an aunt, Jane Nelson; a cousin, Katie Johns; a nephew, Gaige Nelson; and his grandparents, Orville Riege and Harland and Norma Nelson.

Matt died April 5, 2011, of cardiac arrest at the age of twenty-seven years, ten months and four days.

The family prefers memorials.

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