Darrell Lee Nelson

Darrell Lee Nelson of Friendship, WI passed away at Aspirus Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids on Friday, January 14, 2022. He was born on April 7, 1984, in Wisconsin Rapids, son to Darwin and Christine (Mills) Nelson. He married Emily Kramar on August 8, 2020, in Wisconsin Rapids. Darrell was raised in Big Flats, WI, and graduated from Adams-Friendship High School in May 2002. After graduating high school, he volunteered on the Big Flats Fire Department. Where he was known for being the best pumper operator on the department. Darrell went on to get his CDL and became an over-the-road truck driver for Skinner Transfer Corp in Reedsburg, WI for 10 years, where he was loved by everyone there. He also continued to work on the family farm.

Darrell’s passion was working on his family’s farm, many wonderful holiday celebrations were also held on the farm. He had a love of the outdoors which included hunting, snowmobiling, camping, fishing, boating, and most of all rides on his motorcycle. His son was his pride and joy, forever proud of his accomplishments. Darrell passed down his love for the outdoor to his son. They truly enjoyed their time hunting and fishing together. Darrell also showed Emily the love of hunting and camping which was something she never experienced before she met him. Darrell Loved his wife and they shared the love for their cats, which Darrell would never admit.

Darrell expressed his love for those around him through his actions. He never said no, he always found the time and expected nothing in return. He had the ability to be whatever you needed at any moment.

Darrell was survived by Emily his wife of 1.5 years, his son Landon, his father Darwin (Penney), his mother Christine (Jason Peaslee), his brother Curtiss, his in-laws Tim and Kay, brother-in-law Josh (Elizabeth), aunts and uncles, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in his death by his grandparents Clifford and Lillie Nelson, Melvin Mills, Bonita (Bonnie) Torrey-Mills, and his uncle Michael mills.

Celebration of Life for Darrell: June 4, 2022, Big Flats Fire dept 1104 County Rd C Arkdale, WI 54613 12 pm- 3pm. A short service will be held at 12 pm, officiated by Reverend Stewart McGregor prior to the celebration of life.

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  1. Hans & Dorothy Menck says:

    Darwin & family, Pam & family & all the Nelson family- So sorry for your loss. Your all in our thoughts & prayers.

  2. Julie and Bob Goodhue says:

    We are thinking of Darrell’s family at this sad time. We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts & prayers.

  3. John and Faye says:

    Chris & Darwin
    So sorry about the loss of your son. It is so very hard when u lose a child. Its almost 12yrs that John’s been gone seems like yesterday. It gets alittle easier. Just remember the good times. I know he is greatly missed. But he is always with you ❤and soul

  4. Linda-AFFC says:

    Emily, so sorry for your loss. Darrly will be truly missed. Looked forward to seeing him each week and having a great conversation with him. As the obituary says he did love the cats but would not admit it. They as you will be lost without him. May he rest in peace and that you take comfort in the wonderful times you had together.

  5. Cathy Rathermel says:

    I was so very sorry to hear Darrell’s passing. Darrell was a 2nd cousin to me. I grew up spending alot of time with his grandma Lillie and grandpa Clifford. I loved them very much. As life progressed I lost most contact with his family on the farm. I did see Darrell often in later years and he proved to be a wonderful young man. Sorry to say I have never Emily. But it sounds like they were good together. Today I send my deepest sympathy to Emily and Darrell’s family. May God grant you all peace. Love and hugs to all. God bless Cathy

  6. Deanna says:

    Emily and family so very sorry for your loss,Darrell was a great kiddo and I will miss him so much.

  7. Peg Lecy says:

    I’m so very sorry on your loss of Darrell. Hold your memories close. May God family and friends comfort you during this time

  8. Linda(Chaffee) Donley and Doug says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Darrell was a great person and close friend of ours. He will be missed very much. Our condolences to the family.

  9. Jenna Dominguez says:

    Darrell will be so missed. He was so openly kind, and friendly to all. My heartfelt sympathy and prayers to the whole family.

  10. Christine says:

    Darrell was a great friend. His memories are so wonderful. Sorry for your loss. Prayers to the family. Miss you Shrek ❤️

  11. Darcy Demos says:

    Dear Emily and family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss! Darrell’s obituary is very nice and he sounds like an awesome guy! I am so sorry! You are in my thoughts and prayers!
    Darcy Demos & family

  12. Vernon Rhinehart says:

    so sorry for your loss ! what a great guy !

  13. Jodi M Helgeson says:

    Nelson family – I’m sorry to hear of Darrell’s passing. My sympathy to you all