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November 29, 2022

9/30/2022 5:29:00 AM
Jeffery Nelson

Jeffery Nelson, age 63, best known as "Oz" to most, passed on to his next journey on Sept. 21, 2022 after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He was born to Jack and Ruby (Drews) Nelson of Rhinelander, on March 19, 1959.

In his younger years he worked several jobs, including the Forest Service and Bucyrus Erie in Milwaukee, but his career was with the U.S. Postal Service, where he was employed for 37 years until his passing.

He married his wife and soulmate Mary (Meyer) Nelson on March 19, 1999, on South Padre Island, Texas, where they enjoyed frequent vacations.

Known for his fun loving greeting of "Hi Kids!" whenever he walked into a room full of people, he was loved for his genuine friendliness, generosity, and frank and open personality. He loved cars of all kinds, alternative music, building and flying model airplanes and gathering with friends at Hodag Country Fest. Jeff was especially known for his amazing crochet skills and the many purses, blankets and bags he gifted to many.

Jeff is survived by his wife Mary (Meyer) Nelson, sister Karen Kurtz, nephews Paul (Cara) Kurtz and Mike (Ashley) Kurtz, his "fur babies," and many extended family members. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In accordance with his wishes there will be no services at this time. A gathering in his honor will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers those who wish may donate to cancer research or their local animal shelter in his name. You may leave your private condolences for his family at

The Carlson Funeral Home (715-369-1414) is serving the Nelson family.

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