Anthony “Tony” L. Nelson, age 60, of Grantsburg, passed away suddenly on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019.
Tony was born on Feb. 15, 1959, in Grantsburg, to parents Irene (Lampe) and Laurel Nelson.
Tony graduated from Grantsburg High School in 1977, married in 1978, and had two daughters, Erica and Shelly. He worked for Leo Janke, owner of Northside Electric in Grantsburg, learning the trade of electrician and used this knowledge throughout his life in his many building and remodeling projects.
On Oct. 5, 1985, Tony was united in marriage to Kerri Harter. They had two daughters, Tera and Kerissa “Keets” and one son, Alex.
Tony was employed by Grantsburg School District as a custodian for eight years and then Burnett Dairy for over 30 years. We will all miss seeing him on the road, driving the big whey truck, and waving from behind the wheel.
He was also known for his exceptional taxidermy talent. He proudly operated his own business, Tone’s Taxidermy, for over 20 years. Many of his customers would stop in and visit him in his shop, whether or not they had had a successful hunt, just to shoot the breeze and check out the most recent trophies Tony was working on.
Tony enjoyed the great outdoors, hunting, fishing, trap shooting, snowmobiling, spending time at the cabin and socializing with family and friends. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, whom he loved dearly.
He was an active member of the Grantsburg Rod and Gun Club where he was an avid trap shooter. He was also involved with the Phantom Trail Riders Snowmobile Club, helping with trail signage and upkeep. We will forever find peace knowing he spent his last day with us doing what he enjoyed…. working the snowmobile trails with one of his best friends.
He will be deeply missed and forever remembered as a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, and friend to so very many.
Preceding Tony in death is his father, Laurel Nelson; brothers, Randy Nelson and Rick Nelson; and daughter, Erica Nelson.
Tony is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Kerri; mother, Irene Nelson; daughters, Shelly Nelson, Tera (Randy) Bowman and Kerissa (Aaron Ostermann) Nelson; son, Alex (Darla Corty) Nelson; grandchildren: Erica, Alethea, Anthony, Elana, Eve, Kane, Asher, Kimber and Brynnlee; brother, Jim (Laurie) Nelson; sister, Mary Jane (Paul) Johnson; sister-in-law, Janice Nelson; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A Funeral Mass was held on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, at 11 a.m. (visitation was from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.) at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Grantsburg. A time of fellowship will follow the service at the church. Interment to be held at a later date at the future Immaculate Conception Catholic Columbarium.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Grantsburg, WI. Online condolences may be expressed at www.swedberg-taylor.com.