Herbert William Nystrom, Jr., 78, of Delano, Minnesota died Tuesday, January 25, 2011, in Panama City, Florida at Bay Medical Hospital.

Herbert Nystrom was born on August 3, 1932 in Mason, Wisconsin to Herbert and Margaret (Olson) Nystrom. He graduated from Ondossagon High School (Washburn, Wisconsin) in 1950.

Herb served in the United States Army and was stationed in Korea during the Korean War. He married Luella C. Broten of Ashland, Wisconsin in 1956. He received his Associates Degree in Mortuary Science from the University of Minnesota in 1958. Herb worked for several years as a funeral director in Minneapolis, Laverne, Waseca, and Atwater, Minnesota.

An entrepreneur, Herb and his wife Luella launched several businesses in Delano beginning in the late 1960s and managed them until his death. Herbert was very active in the Delano Lion’s Club, Delano Chamber of Commerce, Delano Legion Post 377, sponsored several Miss Delano contestants, served as Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 273, and sponsored a local men’s softball team called “Nystrom’s Recliners” that competed in the national tournament.

He enjoyed traveling with his beloved wife, Luella. They visited several destinations including the Bahamas, Bermuda, Hawaii, Jamaica, and Tahiti.

Herbert took great pride in his family, especially his five grandchildren.

Herb is survived by two children, Scott V. Nystrom (wife Sharon) of Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Greg Nystrom (wife Lynn) of Royalston, Massachusetts; 5 grandchildren, Samantha Nystrom, Stuart Nystrom, Spencer Nystrom, Brent Nystrom, and Jackie Nystrom; seven sisters, Beatrice Landman, Texas, Lois (Bob) Cleveland, Calif., Marion (Elmer) Westlund, Wisconsin, Maxine Sawyer, Wisconsin, Jane Nordin, Minnesota and Joan Koch, Florida; and dozens of nieces and nephews.

Herb was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Luella C. Nystrom; his parents and three brothers, Willard, Howard, and John (Jack) Nystrom.

Funeral services were held at Lakewood Memorial Chapel on Thursday, February 3.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Herbert W. Nystrom to the American Legion, Delano Post 377, 280 Babcock Blvd. N., Delano , MN 55328.