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Desmond “Des” E. Nelson

November 24, 1928 - April 6, 2022
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Krause Funeral Home Brookfield
21600 West Capitol Drive
Brookfield, WI 53072
Sunday 4/10, 1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
St. Dominic Catholic Church
18255 West Capitol Drive
Brookfield, WI 53005
Monday 4/11, 11:00 am
Krause Funeral Home Brookfield
21600 West Capitol Drive
Brookfield, WI 53072
Sunday 4/10, 4:00 pm

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St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery
S22 W22890 Broadway Avenue
Waukesha, WI 53186
Monday 4/11

In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to St. Dominic Parish.

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Desmond E. Nelson “Des” Called home on April 6, 2022 at age 93. He was reunited with his wife. Anna (nee Kieckbusch). Beloved father of John (Cheryl), James (Sharon), Thomas (Julie), Joseph (Mary), and the late Barbara (Mike) Rausch. Proud grandpa of 13 and great-grandpa of 16. Dear brother of Ken Nelson and Sally Herrick.Continue Reading

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Carol Hudson left a message on April 10, 2022:
I was so blessed to get to Know both Des and Anna over the years when they came to Durham to spend time with John’s family. I learned how to play card games and shared so many joyful laugh filled times with them. We exchanged Christmas card every year—a tradition Des maintained after Anna died. I will certainly miss that and the random times I got to speak to him when I was fortunate to be with John and Cheryl when Des would call. I can still hear his laughter. I saw how much he was loved by all the family. I count myself lucky to have had a special friendship with him. He will be so missed by all who knew and loved him There is no doubt he is enjoying all of Gods wonders in heaven. May your soul rest in peace Des. God bless the Nelson family. Carol
Ann Kiel left a message on April 10, 2022:
On behalf of Elizabeth Pritchett, I want to express our deepest sympathy for the loss of Des, your father, grandfather and great grandfather. Des and Ann were dear friends of Billy and Elizabeth, my Mom and Dad, for many years. When driving became more difficult for my parents, I was often their chauffeur and that gave me the opportunity to spend time with Des and Ann. What I will remember most about them, is how kind and sweet they both were. Even in his later years, I never heard Des complain about anything. He always had a smile, a positive outlook and a good story to share. It is a blessing to know that Ann and Des are together again. God bless you all.
Leonard Popp left a message on April 10, 2022:
My deepest sympathies to the Nelson family. Desmond had such great hospitality about him. Back in 1868, Des and his family were on vacation in San Antonio, Tx. They were in a campground and Des came over to Lackland Force Base to pick me up and spend a couple of days with them. Then, several years later while passing through Milwaukee, Desmond and Ann invited me to their house in New Berlin. That is where I "really" got introduced to his 4 boys (Jim, John, Tom, and Joe) and their go-cart adventure down the street.
Loree Clara Rudnitski left a message on April 9, 2022:
I will always remember how Des treated his Annie! He was very much like his dad, Barney....never a cross word. Des and Ann were a beautiful team. They are together now. Loree
Rick and Carol Fagan left a message on April 9, 2022:
Our deepest sympathy to the Nelson family. Dear Uncle Dez set the bar.... He was undoubtedly a loving husband, father, grandfather and GREAT Grandfather. Uncle Dez was a great influence on my life as a young child as I'm sure he was on everyone he knew. His patience, wisdom and inspiration guided me to become who I electrical engineer. Thank you Uncle Dez! You were so respected and will be missed by all. Uncle Dez was the definition of a Great Man. Sincerely, Rick and Carol Fagan
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Jo E. Rudnitski and Kevin Mastel left a message on April 9, 2022:
Our sympathy to the Nelson extended family. Desmond (Sonny) left you quite a legacy to follow. His commitment to family was always evident in his life. His close relationship with my Mom, Aunt Rose, was a cherished part of her life, too, as an aunt who was there when he was growing up. We will miss his presence, but feel his gentle spirit. May he rest in peace now that he is with the love of his life, your Mother, Ann. Jo Ellen
Rose and Gus left a message on April 9, 2022:
Blessings for the family as you remember your loved one.
Don Prosise left a message on April 8, 2022:
Uncle Des was one of the kindest, most thoughtful men I ever met. I enjoyed every minute I got to spend with him.
Deborah Bragg left a message on April 8, 2022:
Uncle Des was a sweet and generous man who will be missed very much! He always made time to visit us every year. A couple years he stayed at my house during his visits and he would help out with projects we had around the house, which I was very grateful for. We were able to talk on the phone at his sister's funeral reception just couple of weeks ago and I'm glad I did, as I didn't realize this was going to be the last time speaking with each other. Sending prayers and hugs to our extended families. I take comfort in knowing that he is now reunited with his beloved parents, sisters, wife and daughter in heaven.
Linda Differt left a message on April 8, 2022:
In memory of Desmond "Des" E. Nelson, Linda Differt lit a candle
Linda Differt left a message on April 8, 2022:
We will all miss Des at our extended family gatherings. He is the sweetest man and will be missed by everyone that got a chance to know him. He is with his beloved Anna and Barbara again. Till we meet again. The Differt’s.
Dorrain Petron left a message on April 8, 2022:
Sympathies to his family. Very hard to believe he is gone. As the oldest Pekarek cousin he was our head…the “leader of the pack”. I think we all kind of looked up to him. We loved his visits to Mn. He was the nicest man!! He sure will be missed.
Scott Family left a message on April 7, 2022:
So sorry to hear of Uncle Des' passing. I always enjoyed his visits as a child growing up and I remember when he, Aunt Ann and Nipper would visit AZ in their RV. So glad we got to see him one last time in 2020 when he was able to come visit and that we got to see him via Facetime this past February. He was a gentle and kind man with never a bad word to say about anyone. He will be missed!
Jim and Kim Lyon left a message on April 7, 2022:
We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers . We are so glad to have been able to meet “Grandpa”. He was a sweet man!
Elaine and Gordie Novak left a message on April 7, 2022:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Desmond was a special man. I always enjoyed his visits with him and his family. RIP .
Susan Fischer left a message on April 7, 2022:
I am heart broken that this gentle soul left this earth. He was a wonderful man who was a great handy man at Mike & Barb's Riverview market. Just talked to Mike how he was doing. The heavens got a shining star.
marge walcheski left a message on April 7, 2022:
MY condolence to Desmond's family. He was a very gentle and kind man. I'm so lucky to have know him. He will be missed when and if the cousins do a get together once again. He was our leader. God Bless everyone, Marge
Grandkids left a message on April 7, 2022:
Here are some pictures of Grandpa with his grandkids.
Krause Funeral Home & Cremation Services left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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