Jeremy “Nelly” L. Nelson, 36, of North Branch, died unexpectedly Wednesday, April 3, 2013.
Jeremy was born March 24, 1977 at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis. Jeremy attended schools in North Branch where he played football and baseball and graduated with the class of 1995. Jeremy worked for Brown Shoes at the Tanger Mall while in high school, and after high school he started working for Branch Manufacturing. He would later start a cleaning business that he worked at for a few years before returning to Branch Manufacturing where he worked as a press operator. Always being the business minded person, he also started and continued to operate Nelly’s Cab Service in North Branch. Jeremy loved deer hunting, lifting weights, bowling as well as spending time grilling out and bonfires with his family and friends. His most important part of his life was his family and especially his son, Dylan.
Jeremy is survived by his son, Dylan; parents Jeff and Deb Nelson, of North Branch; paternal grandparents Marvin and Karen Nelson, of North Branch; and maternal grandmother Beatrice Lendway, of St. Croix Falls; grandmother Linda Satak; his great uncle, Milton Nelson, of North Branch; and his girlfriend Miranda and her daughter Abigal Johnson, as well as Ivan and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by grandfather Joseph Satak and step-grandfather Gary Lendway; great grandparents Margaret Smith, Mauritz and Clara Nelson, Herman Spriegl, Marge Peters, Marian and Charles Satak.
Funeral services were held 11 a.m., Monday, April 8, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch with Rev. Gary Guptill officiating. Music was provided by Deb Aulich as organist and Jon Ekstrom as soloist. Visitation was held 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 7 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch and also one hour prior to the service at church Monday. Interment followed the service at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in North Branch. Serving as casket bearers were Jason LaValla, Jake LaValla, Jesse LaValla, Mike Nelson, Don Hagberg, Trevor Haaven, Shawn Rafftery, Jason Donahue, Nate Fairbanks, Cody Hayes, Mark Ellert, Eric Bistodeau, Chris Colucci and Ryan Tauer. Honorary casket bearers were Dylan Nelson, Mike Wilcox, Dan Bengston, Bernie Henninger, Tony Grygelko, Dusty Taff and Randy Warner.
Donations payable to the Jeremy L. Nelson Memorial Fund can be sent to Lake State Federal Credit Union, 6241 Main St., North Branch, MN 55056 to benefit the future education and wellness of Jeremy’s son, Dylan.
Arrangements are under the direction of Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch. Condolences maybe left at www.grandstrandfh.com.