Kent L. Nelson
1960 - 2020

Kent L. Nelson

EASTMAN -- Kent L. Nelson, 60, of Eastman passed away Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, at the University of Wisconsin Health System, in Madison, Wis., following a brief illness. He was born May 20, 1960, in Whitehall, the son of Archie and Amy (Otterson) Nelson. Kent married Kristen Garson, Oct. 22, 1983, in Blair. Together in partnership with his brothers, Steve and Brian Nelson, Kent owned and operated Nelson Hardwoods in Prairie du Chien. Kent and Kristen began the Nelson Trout and Salmon Farm in 1989.

Kent will be dearly missed and remembered for his generosity to others, witty humor, big hugs, and tractor rides. He loved westerns, collecting guns and tractors, and seeing his children succeed in life. Rest in peace to our MacGyver and Papa Kent.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Kristen; their son, Levi (Abbie Courter); and daughter, Erica (Paul) Bormann; his brothers, Steve (Karol), Gary (Shiela), Brian (Janet), Lee (Becky) and Eric (Lisa) Nelson; along with his two grandsons, Henry and George. He was preceded in death by his parents.

There will be a memorial visitation according to CDC guidelines, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien. The family requests that attendees utilize masks and practice social distancing. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit to send a message to Kent's family.

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Published by La Crosse Tribune on Nov. 13, 2020.
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704 S Ohio St, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
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Kyle Sporrer
November 20, 2020
So sorry to hear of Kents passing. May the family find Gods peace during this time of loss.
David Twite
November 18, 2020
I am so glad that I got to meet Kent through the woodchips that we purchase. I knew when he told me something it was the way it was.. he knew his stuff. Practical, smart, business with a handshake. We will really miss him here at the Gundersen Biomass Power plant. Sue and all of us.. Alan, Daryl, Patrick.
Sue Mitchell
November 17, 2020
Sorry for your loss. Had great talks over the years. J.D. @ Parts Sales / Kriete Truck Center Madison/Mauston.
Gerold Neuman
November 17, 2020
Stephanie Rieckmann
November 16, 2020
We are so so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you all and praying for comfort and peace.
Mike and Tracy Lisowski
November 16, 2020
Shari Nelson
November 15, 2020
We are so very sorry for your loss, a wonderful life taken too soon. May the love and support of family and friends bring healing and peace to your family. God's blessings to you during this difficult time.
Grant and Jan Frederixon
November 14, 2020
Our sympathy to the whole Nelson family. What sad news. Love you all
Keith & Nancy Swiggum
November 14, 2020
Oh my gosh, Kris...I am so darn sorry about Kent :( . What a LOSS, he was bigger than life in my funny, strong and smart. Mark and I will be thinking sad but caring thoughts of you and the kids and brothers during this hard, hard time. Please don't forget to take care of yourself also. Love Susan
Mark Frederixon
November 14, 2020
We offer our deepest sympathy to your family and are saddened by this news. I (Joan) see that Kent and I shared the same birthday. Very touching tribute to a life well lived. Sending love..
Rick and Joan Waniger
November 13, 2020