October 11, 1949 - December 23, 2013
Thomas (Tom) A. Nelson II died peacefully on December 23, 2013 at his brother’s home in Texas, where he had been residing for the prior six months while battling cancer.
He was born on October 11, 1949 to Harry C. and Marian Bayer Nelson in Wausau, WI.
Tom was a 1968 graduate of Wausau Senior High School (Wausau, WI) after which he attended the University of Wisconsin. He lived in Monroe, WI for a number of years where he worked for the Milwaukee Biscuit Company and then moved to Appleton, WI where he was a 24-year employee of Menard, Inc..
Tom was a consummate reader and amateur historian of all things pertaining to World War II, especially the European theatre. He was also quite passionate about sports statistics and history, specific to the University of Wisconsin football teams, the Green Bay Packers, and most notably the Milwaukee Brewers. As a Brewers fan he traveled to their spring training facilities in Arizona on occasion, frequented multiple ballparks across the country, and caught as many home games as possible. Tom’s baseball passion carried over to “fantasy-baseball,” yielding multiple League Championships and World Series wins where his analytical skills were put to the ultimate leisure-time test. Tom especially enjoyed his recent tours of both the Football Hall of Fame and the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Tom loved his sons deeply and became especially enamored with his only grandchild Runa, who evolved into the love and light of his life since her birth in 2008. He was greatly loved and will be terribly missed by friends and family. Tom was preceded in death by his parents and a half-brother Gilbert. Survivors include two sons, Jeremy (Sondra) Nelson of Alaska and Patrick Nelson of Appleton. He is also survived by his sister Ann Winecke of Stoughton, WI and his brother Karl (Jeanne) Nelson of Dallas, TX as well as five nieces and one nephew.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 4:00 PM, with visitation beginning at 3:00 PM at the Wichmann-Fargo Funeral Home, located at 537 N. Superior St. in Appleton. Internment services will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in Wausau, the afternoon of Monday, January 20, 2014 at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), or to Wisconsin Public Radio, Tom’s preferred charities.
Local arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252