Nelson, William J. “Bill”, age 61 of LaPointe, WI passed away suddenly on June 3rd, 2019.

He leaves behind his wife Barb, children Brandon and Carrie (AJ Lindsey); siblings and their families: Greg, Penny, Erik & Mia Nelson; Gene, Matthew & Russell Nelson; Cheryl, Sean, Shelby & Morgan Allen, and Jon & Tina Nelson; mother-in-law Shirley Gilbertson; as well as a large group of cousins, their families, a great niece and a multitude of friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents Joan Hagen Nelson and Arnie (Big Arn) Nelson, beloved cousin Joni Nelson Dunn, father-In-law Tom Gilbertson and Big Arn’s siblings; Earl, Lois, Roy (Cigar), Elmer, Harry, Jack, Evan and Tommy, as well as other family and friends.

Bill grew up on Madeline Island and was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, snowmobiling, fishing, watching the wildlife in his backyard and socializing. He attended Rice Lake WITC for carpentry construction which he did for over a decade, and then managed the Madeline Island Golf Club for 26 years until 2016.

He is best remembered for his great smile and laugh, quick wit, knowledge of history, and most of all, his love for his family and the island.

The family would especially like to thank the La Pointe Emergency Services and everyone who has been there for us during this difficult time.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. John’s United Church of Christ, on Madeline Island, Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 11:00 with visitation one hour before. Officiating Pastor Mary Meierotto, S.A.M. A luncheon to follow the memorial service will be held at the Bell Street.

Arrangements are by Bratley Funeral Home of Washburn. To view the obituary online or to sign the guestbook, please visit us at

(Copyright © 2019 APG Media)

Load comments