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September 24, 2022

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Celebration of Life for Jon Nelson to be held July 16 in Wisconsin

Jon Nicoli Nelson, 9/22/1937 - 10/02/2021
The Celebration of Life for Jon Nicoli Nelson will be held from noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at the American Legion in Holmen, Wisconsin.
Jon's light continues to shine through his wife, Gloria, together for over 47 years, and their six children and spouses, Vickie and Bob of Colorado, Rick and Cathy of Colorado, Jeff and Jay of Colorado, Todd and Kim of Minnesota, Jerry and Carrie of Colorado and Shannon of Minnesota; grandchildren in Colorado, Minnesota and Wisconsin, Season and Robert, Jesse, Chloe, Tiffany and Lamont, Brock, Cassandra, Montgomery, Ashley, Abby, Nelson, and Lillianna; great-grandchildren in Colorado include, Mercedes and Spencer, Madalyn, Brad, Ethan, Adrian, Cecelia, Isabel, Gino, Gabriela, Nico, Elliott and Eleanor; and great-great-grandchildren in Colorado, Theo and Lilah.
Jon's parents, Alden and Helen Nelson raised their five children with pride of their Norwegian heritage in Holmen, Wisconsin. Jon's siblings always had a special place in his heart. Jon was the second child, oldest son, his siblings referred to one another by number in fun: No. 1, Joan, passed in 2015, No. 2, Jon, No. 3, Jerry (Kathy) Nelson of Holmen, No. 4, Joy (Lynn) Crysler of Woodstock, Illinois; and No. 5, Barbara (John), passed in 2015, Rausch of Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. Jon and his siblings have many stories to share about their youth and time with one another and beloved cousins growing-up in the Coulee area (Casberg Coulee being named for their mother's side of the family when they settled from Norway).
Jon will be remembered by his loved ones and friends alike for his sense of humor, pride of showing off his favorite photo of his wife declaring "boy could she dance" and how his face lit up at the mention of his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Jon was a "jack of all trades." He had a pilot's license, rode a motorcycle, and drove everything with a motor. He was a salesman, inventor (patents including: Draftshield, Deckslider, Deckramp), comedian and storyteller (entertaining many).
He believed that laughter is good for the soul. His eldest grandson, Brock said it best, "My Grandpa Jon was the most sarcastic man you'd ever meet. If you weren't crying and your stomach didn't hurt from laughing, you didn't have a sense of humor. He taught me I could laugh while working hard. Because what's the damn point? If you aren't laughing then what the hell are we doing here?"
Jon expressed his satisfaction with life and love for his family and friends when he wrote (2016), "That old chicken neck with a flaw right now is still the luckiest old neck you might ever see. I have had more good luck than I ever deserved, and have had more fun with my super family and super wife than anyone can."

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