THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Terry J. Nelson
Issue Date: February 8, 2017
Terry J. Nelson, 56, of Gillett, passed away suddenly Monday morning, Jan. 30 at St. Clare Memorial Hospital.
Born June 14, 1960 in Oconto Falls, to Clarence and Esther (Adams) Nelson, he grew up in Gillett and graduated from Gillett High School in 1978. He then attended auctioneering school in Ohio and returned to Oconto County to practice his trade.
He returned to Ohio and did specialized barn paving, traveling the country with his work. He returned to the Gillett area and sold dairy equipment in northeastern Wisconsin.
On June 10, 2004, he married Theresa Scully at Boot Lake Campground and they owned and operated Ustabee's Bar and Grill in the Town of Oconto Falls. In 2009 he started working for Engebretsen Bros. Farms, LLC in the Town of Green Valley for calf and heifer management, where he was currently employed.
A member of Faith United Lutheran Church in Gillett, he also belonged to the Oconto County Fair Board for many years, serving as president the past 12 years, was a committee member of the Wisconsin State Association of Fair Boards and a Gillett City Councilman for the past four years.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and caring for his herd of calves and heifers.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa Nelson, Gillett; two sons, Ryan (Echo) Nelson, Maple Valley and Cody (Brianne) Nelson, Gillett; Theresa's children, Matthew (Jen) Sommerfeld and Samantha Sommerfeld, both of Stevens Point and Mickey (Katie) Sommerfeld, Sussex ; five grandchildren; two sisters, Sandy (Larry) Krause, Gillett and RoJean (Marvin) Quandt, Florida; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Dan (Deb) Scully, Webster, Cathy Barlament, Oconto Falls, Vince Scully, Wausau and Patti (Mike) Zawacki, Green Bay; many nieces; nephews and friends.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Dee Scully on Jan. 28, 2016 and a brother-in-law, Steve Barlament.
Visitation with the urn present will be held at the Oconto County Youth Fair Building in Zippel Park, Gillett on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 11 a.m. until time of the Memorial Services at 1 p.m., with Pastor John Laatsch officiating. Casual dress is encouraged. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials can be made to the family.