Dr. Darrell D. Nelson, age 85, of Brodhead, passed away on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at the Monroe Clinic Hospital, Monroe, WI. He was born on March 17, 1933 in Lodi, WI, the son of Ludolph and Thelma (Johnson) Nelson. He married Darlene Kay Zick on July 24, 1954 in Lodi, WI. She passed away on February 7, 2017.
Darrell graduated Carroll College and received a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. He began his dental practice in Denver, CO and then moved to Brodhead in 1958. He had been a dentist for 39 years, retiring in 1995. He belonged to the Wisconsin Dental Assoc., the Brodhead Lions Club, and the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brodhead. He enjoyed flying his plane, fishing, playing golf, hunting, curling, and spending time family and friends.
He is survived by his children, Andrea (Peter) Manderle, Oak Creek, WI, Mark (Patty) Nelson, Denver, CO, Keith (Barbara) Nelson, St. Charles, MO; ten grandchildren, Whitney (Jake) Paige, Trent Manderle, Elizabeth (Cory) Nelson-Mareno, Wolfgang Jacobsen, Christopher (Natalie), Taylor, Aubrey, Emily, Mirphaëla and Michael, Nelson; two brothers, Ludolph Duane (Lois) Nelson, Madison, WI, and Wallace (Jane) Nelson, Bella Vista, AR. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and a daughter, Gerene, in 2011.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brodhead, with Rev. Peder Johanson officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church. Burial will be at the Roselawn Memorial Park, Monona, WI. A memorial fund will be established.