William Nielson

William F. "Spud" Nielson

Friday, August 17th, 1928 - Saturday, October 24th, 2020
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William F. “Spud” Nielson, 92, of Pleasant Prairie, passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at Froedtert South – Kenosha.

Born in Milwaukee, on August 17, 1928, he was the son of the late Hilbert and Gertrude (Schillabeer) Nielson. Spud served honorably in the US Air Force at the end of WWII from 1945 until he was honorably discharged in 1949.

On June 7, 1952, he married Dorothy Landt in Manitowoc. They lived in several states including Idaho, where Spud worked on the first nuclear submarine, the USS Nautilus; then they settled on making Kenosha their home.

Spud was an electrician with the IBEW for many years, working for several different contractors. Ultimately, he retired from UW Parkside in 1993 as the Director of Facilities.

Not only did Spud enjoy flying, he was also a certified flight instructor and was a member of the Kenosha Flying Sports Club. He was an avid sports fan, coaching, playing in the semi-pro league Manitowoc Chiefs, and specifically of the Green Bay Packers. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing on Lake Erie, bowling, and classic car restoration.

Surviving Spud is his wife of 68 years, Dorothy; four children, Jody (Lawrence) Seibel, Gary (Julie) Nielson, Laurie (William) Rock, and David (Maureen) Nielson; seven grandchildren, Natalie, Marissa, Jeremy, Ashley (Cody), Heather, Augustin, and Kayla; and one great-grandson, Elias. He is further survived by other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by a daughter, Sheri Nielson.

Visitation will be held on Friday, October 30th, at Proko Funeral Home, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Facial coverings are required. Private service at 11:00 a.m. with full military honors. To stream the service live, copy and paste the following link into your browser at 11:00 a.m.
Interment will take place privately at Sunset Ridge Memorial Park.

Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111-60th Street
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: (262) 654-3533
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 30th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Friday, October 30th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
    5111 60th Street
    Kenosha, WI 53144
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Facial coverings are required.
  • Service

    Friday, October 30th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, October 30th, 2020 11:00am
    Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
    5111 60th Street
    Kenosha, WI 53144
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    This is a virtual service. To view, copy and paste the following link into your browser:
    Father Robert McDermott
  • Interment

    Friday, October 30th, 2020 |
    Friday, October 30th, 2020
    Sunset Ridge Memorial Park
    4300 Green Bay Road
    Kenosha, WI 53144
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Jean E, Nielson

Posted at 11:13am
Sorry for your lose he was a great uncle to us all. Since am in lock down at the place at won't be able to get there, love cousin Jean

David Franzen

Posted at 11:09pm
Sorry for your loss and prayers for family

Ed and JoAnn Gray

Posted at 07:32pm
Our Deepest Sympathy to you all, Spud was a wonderful man and will be missed.
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Judy Sleger

Posted at 01:38pm
Dear Nielson Family,
So sorry for your loss! When I was a child Uncle Spud was a quiet man, never had a lot to say to us kids. Once we all became adults, he was so much fun! I will miss his smile and laugh! He took Terry and I for plane rides. Something we will always remember!
Love leaves a memory
No one can steal.
Death leaves a heartache
No one can heal.

Judy & Terry Sleger

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