Todd J. Nelson, 57 of rural Boelus, passed away on Monday, June 7, 2021, at the Regional Medical Center in Grand Island, Nebraska from a 3rd battle with cancer.
Funeral Services will be held 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Dannebrog. Pastor Sherri Lodel will be officiating. Interment will be at the Loup Fork Cemetery near Boelus.
Visitation will be from 4:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. on Friday, June 11, 2021, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Dannebrog. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date. Jacobsen-Greenway-Dietz Funeral Home in St. Paul is assisting the family.
Todd was born to Lyle & Jayne (Eriksen) Nelson on August 27, 1963, in Grand Island, Nebraska, the youngest of four children. He grew up on the farm where he inherited his father’s love of tractor pulling and farming. Todd also loved working on engines and drag racing. Todd loved his family dearly. He enjoyed time spent with friends and having conversations with them.
Todd graduated from Centura High School in 1981. He married Katrina Nissen at Dannebrog, Nebraska on April 8, 1989. They have three children Curtis, Wyatt and Jesse.
Todd coached football & baseball when his kids were younger and in sports. He also loved teaching his boys to drag race and made sure they always had a vehicle to race even if he let one use his car. He always thought of everyone else first, before himself. He was one of the founders of the Boelus Tractor Pull, a former member of NETPA and is a past President, he was on the Kearney Raceway Park Board member and a member of NHRA. Todd enjoyed all the motor sports, drag racing, farming and his family. He also enjoyed camping, Busch Light and working cattle with his dog Sadie.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Katrina Nelson of Boelus; children, Curtis & his wife, Cameron Nelson of Ravenna, Wyatt Nelson, and Jesse Nelson & his fiancée,’ Tessa Raymer of Boelus; brother, Melvin Nelson of Dannebrog; sister and brother-in-law, Sally & Nathan Perkins of Missouri; granddaughter, Camille Nelson; nieces & nephews, Andrea & Kyle Spotanski of Cairo; Victoria Nelson of Missouri, Lindsey Olufson of Minnesota; great niece, Haley Spotanski & great nephew, Tyler Spotanski both of Cairo.
Todd was preceded in death by his parents, Lyle Nelson and Jayne Nelson; grandparents; brother, Wayne Nelson.
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