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John F. Nelson 02/10/2019

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.


  • Lisa Scala Posted February 11, 2019 8:04 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers in the days ahead. Although I never met him, Amy has shared many stories with me over the years and I know I would have loved him like all of you did!

  • Kelley Joe & Mary Jo Clark Posted February 11, 2019 11:33 pm

    Mary and family,we are honored to be friends with John.His humor and kind fatherly advice we will missed.His time here at the Fort Madison Plant made things enjoyable.We are so sorry that we can’t be there to help you and your family celebrate his life.You have our deepest sympathies.

  • Brenda Lindstrom and Carissa Posted February 11, 2019 11:47 pm

    I’ve known the Nelson family since I was a little girl however I only got to know John since I became his neighbor 4 months ago. What a wonderful man, who in 4 very short months touched my heart. I will miss visiting with him. Rest in peace John, I will make sure the garbage can gets in for Mary!❤

  • David Getschel Posted February 12, 2019 3:36 am

    Thoughts and prayers with you Mary and family. Every time I talked to John he always spoke to me like I was his own son. So friendly and approachable it was impossible not to like him. He always remembered something about me even if we hadn’t seen each other in years. I have lots of childhood memories of my parents with the Nelson’s.

  • Shirley Rist Posted February 12, 2019 4:51 am

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Your Idaho and Arizona cousins are sending our love and prayers for strength and comfort over the time ahead. John was a very special man and will be missed. Love to you all, Shirley Hexum Rist

  • MRS SHERYL S Posted February 12, 2019 11:21 pm

    So sad to learn this news and sending love to Mary, and to his beloved girls and family. Have met few men who have been respected and had the admiration of integrity as JohnNelson. We were proud to call you friend. .

  • Pr Pete Hagglund Posted February 13, 2019 1:17 am

    Mary and “kids”, I just got the news a few minutes ago. I remember that you and John sent word to us that you wouldn’t be able to attend the 125th church anniversary due to health reasons, so I can’t say that this was totally unexpected. I remember you folks extremely well, and I’m so sorry that we couldn’t make face-to-face connections after I came back to Ft. Madison. From both Betty and me–God’s blessings on all of you as you both mourn the death and celebrate the life of your husband and dad. You’ll be in the prayers of the church this Sunday.

  • Nancy Hays Posted February 13, 2019 11:51 am

    My sincere sympathy to Mary & all the family. John was a wonderful member of St. Paul Lutheran when he & Mary lived in Fort Madison,Iowa.

  • Judy Geers Posted February 15, 2019 6:03 pm

    My sympathy and sorrow to Mary and the rest of the family for John’s loss. I have many fond memories of spending time with you folks and have thought of you often. I am sorry I cannot make it up for the funeral. You are in my prayers. Love to you.

  • Elaine KastensANderson Posted February 15, 2019 8:22 pm

    Mary -what a shock at the Kastens cousins today to learn that today was John’s funeral. We would have been there had we known. So many years of memories! Planned to call Mary as we talked at my brother Gerry’s funeral last fall and she was on my mind today. Will call you very soon

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