MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Officials with Hammer Residences, Inc., confirmed Wednesday that CEO Tim Nelson died on Tuesday.

Nelson was on vacation in Colorado at the time. He was 58 years old and had been an employee with Hammer for 34 years.

Nelson started working for Hammer in 1977 and was appointed CEO of the company in 1998. Under his leadership, Hammer was named a Top 10 Minnesota Workplace by the Star Tribune in 2010 and 2011. Nelson was also a strong advocate and visionary for people with developmental disabilities.

“Hammer has lost an amazing leader, co-worker and friend in Tim,” said Lisbeth Armstrong, the company’s director of program services who has been named interim CEO. “We have all lost a great man and advocate who made this world a better place, not only for the people we serve with developmental disabilities, but for everyone.”

Nelson is survived by his wife, Jean Nelson, two children and one grandchild. Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized.

Comments (3)
  1. um ok says:


    1. realist says:

      He may have been unknown to you, but that doesn’t matter. This isn’t about you. Go look at a picture of Earth. When you do, I want you to ask yourself, “Am I the only person here?”

  2. Just wondering says:

    Does anyone else wonder how he died? Heart attack? Disease? Natural causes? I just find it odd that ‘CCO shows a picture of a perfectly healthy 58 year old and then they state that he just died with no explanation.

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