Samuel L. Nelson, age 61, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family, on September 26, 2015 after an eleven year battle with cancer. Sam was born on July 10, 1954 in Chippewa Falls to Vernon and Helen (Sickora) Nelson. After graduating from Chippewa Falls High School in 1972 Sam joined the National Guard. In 1972 he married Michelle Kempe and they had three children. After they divorced, he married Charlotte Jenneman-Demers in 1997. Sam worked several jobs throughout his life including: the railroad, owner of SS Auto Body, PMI, the city of New Auburn and he volunteered for the New Auburn Fire Department. He enjoyed spending time at the hunting cabins, fishing, grilling out, camping, gardening, canning, 4-wheeling and spending time with his family and friends, especially his children and grandchildren. Sam did not let his illness stop him from recently going on a cruise to Mexico and Florida with is family; he loved every second.
He is survived by his children: Kari (Kevin) Naser of Eau Claire, Sam (Tamara) Nelson of Florida, Eric Nelson of Chippewa Falls, Charlene (Will Moats) Rienow of Eau Claire and Carolann (John Back) Demers of Chippewa Falls; brothers: Matthew Nelson of Bloomer, Richard (Diane) Nelson of Bloomer and David (Melissa) Nelson of Chippewa Falls; sisters: Yvonne Rubenzer of Bloomer, Crystal (Charles) Jasper of Chippewa Falls, Rosalie (Rick) Berg of Chippewa Falls and Mary (Terry) Ojibway-Kempe of Chippewa Falls; grandchildren: Kayla and Keegan Naser, Tessa Cronin-Nelson, Xavier, Elexia, Aynzlie and Jezlyn Nelson, Trae Demers, Kayla Back; beloved dog: Gus; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He preceded in death by his parents: Vernon and Helen; wife: Charlotte; siblings: Bruce Nelson, Howard Hebert and Vernetta Clements.
A funeral service held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the Olson Funeral Home in Bloomer with Pastor Matt Ohime officiating. There will be a visitation starting at 11:00 AM at the funeral home on Thursday. Interment will be in the Scandinavian Cemetery.