John F. Nelson age 85 of New Richmond, WI, died Sunday, February 10, 2019 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN. John was born the son of Fred and Luella (Hexum) Nelson on April 17, 1933 in New Richmond. He grew up in Horse Creek were his parents owned and operated the Horse Creek Store. John graduated from Osceola High School and the University of Wisconsin River Falls. He served his country in the Army. He spent his career as a staff chemist for E.I. Dupont, first in Chicago and then in Ft. Madison, Iowa. He retired in 1994 and moved back to New Richmond. John loved nature. He enjoyed hunting and being outdoors. He was very interested in geology and history. John was an honest, kind man with a good sense of humor. John is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Luella Nelson; sister-in-aw, Ruth Nelson; and brother-in-law, Jim Moeller. He is survived by his wife, Mary Nelson; daughters, Janice (Jon) McGilvry, Amy Nelson, Laura (Matt) Martinson; granddaughters, Maggie Martinson, Olivia Martinson; brothers, Gordon (Audrey) Nelson, Larry Nelson, Stuart (Marilyn) Nelson; sister, Diane Moeller; and many nieces, nephews and friends. A Memorial Service was held on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 11 am at West Immanuel Lutheran Church 447 180th Street Osceola, WI followed by military honors. Visitation was also on Friday from 10-11 am at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to West Immanuel Lutheran Church. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.