Kevin Nelson

Kevin Charles Nelson, DVM

Wednesday, August 14th, 1957 - Saturday, March 27th, 2021
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Loving husband, father, brother, and uncle, Kevin C. Nelson, 63, of Brighton, passed away after a valiant fight with cancer on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at Aurora Medical Center – Kenosha surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Kenosha on August 14, 1957, he was the son of the late C. Richard “Dick” and June (Glacken) Nelson. A lifelong resident of Kenosha, he was educated in local schools. He graduated from UW Parkside and received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

On August 4, 2020, he married Deanna Hertrich.

Kevin dedicated his life's work to the care and welfare of all creatures great and small. He partnered with Bristol Veterinary Service in 1985; mainly focusing on large animals, performance horses, pleasure horses, food animals, 4H projects and any barnyard friend that needed assistance. However, his passion was for exotic animals and he served the Racine Zoo as veterinarian for over 30 years, treating everything from the largest cats to the tiniest of reptiles. He served as veterinarian for the Wisconsin State Fair, Racine County Fair, and assisted at Kenosha County Fair. In 2007, he was awarded the WVMA Veterinarian of The Year. Kevin cared for every patient and client with utmost compassion, dignity, and respect.

Kevin was an avid lover of the outdoors and all things nature. Growing up in scouting and earning Eagle Scout; his peace came in spending time enjoying and celebrating the beauty of nature and all her creatures. In his youth he devoted his time to raising and training racing pigeons. His solace could be found hiking through the forests, paddling on the water, fly fishing or just watching the beauty of a sunset. He frequented many national, state and county parks, spending time on Lake of The Woods Canada and Door County Wisconsin. Football was also a huge passion for Kevin; pledging loyalty to his Packers, rarely a game missed.

However, the heart of Kevin’s love, devotion and soul was given to his family. He labored hard to create a secure life and home for them; though he worked long days, once home family was all that mattered. His joy came from watching his pride and joy Nathan grow, spending time with him at sporting events, school activities, home projects and hobbies or simply going fishing. His devotion and endless love to his life partner and wife Deanna was immeasurable, supporting her in all her dreams and adventures. His family grieves greatly for his loss but celebrates and cherishes the time they had; memories made, and love shared.

So many lives were made brighter through knowing Kevin; family, friends, clients, and the creatures he lovingly cared for. His loss is profound to all who knew him. In celebrating his love, kindness and devotion, his legacy will live forever.

Surviving Kevin is his wife, Deanna; son, Nathan; brother, Scott (Kathie) Nelson; nieces and nephews, Rachel (Aaron Skidmore) Nelson, Capt Aaron Nelson, USAF, Ret. (Maj Mary Catherine Nelson, USAF), Melissa Johansen, and Kristen Johansen; mother-in-law, Evelyn Hertrich; sister-in-law, Denise (Jeff) Johansen; brother-in-law, Donald Hertrich; and is further survived by other relatives and many friends.

Aside from his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law, John Hertrich; and a brother-in-law, Dennis Hertrich.

A celebration of Kevin’s life will be scheduled for a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials made to the family Kevin so loved would be appreciated.

Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111-60th Street
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: (262) 654-3533
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Posted at 01:57pm
I was fortunate to shadow Dr. Nelson as a high school student, and I learned so much riding along in his truck. I had my first farm visits with Dr. Nelson and especially loved our days at the Racine Zoo, where I got to see first hand his love of zoo and exotic animals. He was a great mentor, warm, friendly, and caring to all - people and animals. He helped set me on my own path toward veterinary medicine and I have recently had the joy of working with him on zoo animal cases through my position as a veterinary pathologist. I'm grateful that our paths crossed and know he will be missed by many. Heartfelt condolences to his cherished family.

Kimberly Nelson

Posted at 09:36pm
Kevin was a friend and classmate at Ross University. We shared so many laughs, ups and downs, studying hard in a tough environment at the time. He was always helpful then, and it's clear that he was always "that kind of guy" his entire, selfless life.
Though we had lost contact, he has been a person thought of often. I know he was a proud dad, and a loving soul. I remember he loved the Packers and Cubbies. Time changes things, but this loss is a great one. So sorry to all whom he shared his life with, especially Deanna and Nathan.
Kimberly Nelson
Rhode Island

Roberta Wallace

Posted at 06:33pm
“I knew Kevin through my work as a veterinarian at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Kevin was a great vet and colleague, competent, passionate about providing the best care possible to all creatures great and small, and always working for the betterment of the health and well-being of the animals. He will be missed. My sincerest and deepest condolences to Kevin's family,”

Wendy Blish

Posted at 05:17pm
Deeply saddened by this news. Kevin took excellent care of my horse for 20 years- I will miss him very much. I learned a lot over the years and always looked forward to his visits.

Wendy Blish

Glenna Creaney

Posted at 09:44am
Many years ago I got my 1st horse as a gift . I asked my Vet who was the BEST equine Vet. He said hands down DR Nelson at Bristol Vet.
He was honest, kind & shared his knowledge with me. My girl Sophie was waiting for him with her new heard on Angels.
You all are in my prayers. God Bless

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