Central South Dakota businessman killed in tornado

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — An obituary released by his family confirms Paul Dean Nelson, 73, of Gettysburg, died in a tornado on Sunday.

The storm moved through central South Dakota around 6:15 p.m. Sunday evening.

Nelson was driving a RV with a trailer southbound on SD Highway 45 when the tornado touched down north of Miller. According to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, the tornado separated the RV from the trailer. The trailer landed in a ditch; the RV came down on its roof in a nearby field.

A cattle farmer for many years, Nelson moved on from that business to start harvesting pheasants in 1992 along with growing crops, which developed into the Paul Nelson Farm.

Photo courtesy Paul Nelson family

His obituary highlights his appreciation for the landscape of South Dakota. “He believed “his prairie” was the most beautiful place in the world. He loved hosting clients from around the world who shared knowledge of their incredible businesses and expanded his horizons.”

While still pursuing new business ventures, he and his wife, Cheryl, also enjoyed traveling the country in their RV. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons and their families, and one brother.

The family requests memorials go to the Avera Gettysburg Foundation (606 E Garfield, Gettysburg SD 57442) to be used for a new hospital.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating.

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