Charles "Chuck" R. Nelson, 84, Barron, Wis., passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, at the place he called home for 54 years.
Chuck was born March 21, 1938, to Harris and Etta (Sankey) Nelson of Rice Lake. He was baptized and confirmed at Stanfold Lutheran Church, Rice Lake. He went to Golden Valley grade school and graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1956.
He started milking cows while in high school, selling his herd in 1961 because he was drafted into the Army. Chuck was stationed in San Antonio, Texas, serving from 1961 until 1963. He declined a reenlistment, for his greatest love was to go home and start milking cows again.
He met Betty Hanson, and they were married on May 8, 1965. He worked for Baribeau Implement, as well as Vonasek and Schieffer Construction, building the new college in Rice Lake. Chuck and Betty bought their farm in 1969 and farmed together while raising their family. Chuck and Jason farmed side-by-side until the last two cows were milked in March of 2020.
Chuck looked forward to deer hunting because his Minnesota Conrad family would come. It was always a tradition to do Friday night fish fry when they were here.
Surviving, in addition to his wife of 57 years, are sons Jeffrey (Lisa) and Jason (Valerie), both of Barron, and Jed (Heidi) of Ridgeland; a daughter Jodene (Joel) Nelson of Prairie Farm; grandchildren Ryan (Kelly), Mitchell (Alida), Justin (Patty), Jarek, Tiarra (Kent), Jayce, Haylin, Mitch and Joe (Shaunah), Sampson and Brittney Swan; great-grandchildren Kassidy, Kamryn, Wyatt, Harper, Lorelei, Parker, Ryder and Aubry; brothers Gordy (Shirley) and Allen of Rice Lake; as well as many family and friends.
Chuch was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws Willie and Delores Hanson; and a brother-in-law Ken Hanson.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, from Stanfold Lutheran Church, with burial at the Stanfold Cemetery.
Visitation was held 4-7 p.m. Tuesday from Rausch and Steel Funeral Home, Barron, and an hour prior to services at the church.
Online condolences can be made at rauschandsteelfunerahome.com.