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In Memory of Walter 'Wally' Nelson

NOTE: Live-streamed memorial service only

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Tuesday November 17, 2020
Zion Lutheran Church
221 Lockwood Street
Woodville WI, 54028

Walter ‘Wally’ Nelson age 92 of Woodville, formerly of Baldwin died peacefully November 10th 2020 at Parkview Community Campus. Wally was born on November 30, 1927 in Springfield Township; the son of William and Eva (Nielsen) Nelson. He was raised in rural Woodville attending Maple Grove Elementary School prior to graduating from the Woodville High School in 1946. Following this, he proudly enlisted in the armed forces. He took basic training in Aberdeen Proving Ground before being stationed in Korea for fourteen months. He served in the United States Army from 1946, the end of World War II, to 1948. Following this, he attended the University of Wisconsin River Falls that fall, but after a few months he realized it he didn’t like it. He started buying cattle and founded Nelson Cattle Company. For sixty-two years, he created countless friendships in the business and became one of the most respected names in the cattle/farming communities. On February 4, 1950, he was united in marriage to his best friend, Carolyn Hagman at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. This union would be blessed with children Sherry and Ron. They spent seventy years together prior to Carolyn’s death in January of 2020. Following his marriage, he became a member of Zion Lutheran to which he remained up to his death. He served on the parish council and the parish unit that helped build the church. Wally lived his life with respect, principle, and faith. In some ways, he was bigger than life, a gentle giant. Furthermore, he was a member of the American Legion Post 301 in Woodville.

Wally will remain in the hearts of his children Sherry (Duane) Jensen of DePere, WI, & Ron (Jan) Nelson of Woodville; grandchildren, Brandon (Kerri) Jensen, Zachary (Hailey) Nelson, Meredith (Andy) Risler, & Hillary (Tony Rausch) Nelson; great-grandchildren, Garrett, Hunter, & Eivin Nelson, & Nora Jensen; brothers-in-law James Busch, Carl Safe, Ken (Nancy) Safe. He is preceded in death by his wife Carolyn; siblings Grace (Willard) Albrecht, Lawrence (Muriel) Nelson, Marie Geurkink, Jean (Harold Fern)/(Dick Kamm), & Jeanette Busch.

Due to Covid, Wally’s family will be celebrating his life in a private setting at his church, Zion Lutheran of Woodville. Friends of the family may watch the service live on Zion’s Facebook page on Tuesday, November 17th at 1PM! Burial will be in the Sunset Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Woodville American Legion. Funeral services have been entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton Street, Baldwin, WI 54002. In Lieu of Flowers, Memorials maybe directed to the funeral home at the address above and will be offered to the ParkView Community Campus and Zion Lutheran Church.





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    • I have so many memories of going to Uncle Wally and Aunt Carolyn’s house for family get togethers. My funniest memory was the year I helped mom make a “This is Your Life” for his birthday with pictures of chimpanzees representing his life. We laughed so hard because he hated chimps. It was hilarious! Mom loved picking on him and he picked on her. He will be missed by us all, but I’m thankful he lived a long life.

    • Wally & Carolyn hold sweet memories for me❣️They were my Godparents & were always so thoughtful. Wally always had a smile & a huge heart. Sending hugs to you Sherry, Ron & families❣️❣️

    • We will always remember Wally. He will be greatly missed. I have childhood memories of him. And growing up over the years. Condolences to the family. Prayers and hugs.

    • God bless you Wally – may you rest in peace and have a beautiful reunion with Carolyn!!! You will always be a special part of our memories of Zion & Woodville.

    • My deepest condolences to Wally’s family and friends. I’m going to miss the treats and stories we shared @ Park View. He was a star, that will continue to shine brightly.