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Daniel Nelson

November 10, 1950 — April 1, 2022


Daniel S. Nelson, age 71, of Wausau died on Friday, April 1, 2022 at Mountain Terrace.

Daniel was born on November 10, 1950, in Wausau to the late Elmer and Shirley (Ostring) Nelson.  He married Sharon St. Clair on August 21, 1971, in Wausau. She passed away on October 20, 1997, and since then Dan always looked forward to their sweet reunion in Heaven.

Danny, that most knew him by, grew up in Wausau. The family did move around during his childhood to different towns in Wisconsin but eventually settled in Wausau. After High School he served in the Army as a medic in the Vietnam War. After his honorable discharge from the Army, Danny moved back to Wausau. Soon after returning to Wausau, he met the love of his life who happened to live just down the street! He worked as a driver for Wausau Taxi for a few years before he started his 36 year career as a Journeyman Plate Maker at what is now Graphic Packaging. When Dan started it was known as American Can and was later named James River along with Fort James.

Danny enjoyed building model fire trucks, woodworking, history and reading. After his retirement he was a proud member of the Red Apple Social Club and a frequent patron of Angelo's. We were often told by many that Danny was "quite the character". He had a goofy sense of humor and was loved by his many friends that he has made over the years. He liked to give people a hard time and as long as you could dish it back - you were in!

Daniel is survived by his daughters Jennifer (Allan) Manning of Weston and Kimberly (Seth) Devine of Edgar; grandchildren Zachery (Fiance Krystal) Manning and Lilyan Manning and Kennedi and Avery Devine; sisters Sherry Wunsch and Debbie (Mike) Krueger, sister-in-law Linda (Ralph) Hankermeyer; brother-in-law Duane (Eileen) St. Clair; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Daniel is preceded in death by his wife Sharon, siblings Tommy and Jancy, brother-in-law Roger Wunsch and mother-in-law Hazel St. Clair.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 9, 2022, at Brainard Funeral Home, 522 Adams St., Wausau.  The service will also be available via livestream on his obituary page at Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM til 7:00 PM on Friday, April 8, 2022, at Brainard Funeral Home and again from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the funeral home on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family C/O Brainard Funeral Home, 522 Adams St., Wausau, WI 54403

The family would like to thank the staff of Mountain Terrace for the compassion and care they provided for Dan the last 4-1/2 years. And especially to Kayla who cared for him on his final day. To the Wausau EMTs and the efforts they provided. To the VA Home Care nurses that provided additional care to Dan over the last year. And to Charlene for the rides to doctors appointments and the countless adventures and companionship you gave to Dan over the 20 plus years of friendship.

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