Rickey Nelson, 57

Rickey Nelson, 57, of rural Wabash, died at  10:50 am, Saturday, June 18, 2016, at Parkview Wabash Hospital. 

He was born Jan. 31, 1959 in Peru, to Jeff and Martha (Rose) Nelson.

Rickey married Barbara J. Burns in Wabash on March 26, 1982.  He retired from the U.S. Army.  He enjoyed shooting pool and was a member of the American Pool Association and the N.A.P.A.  Rickey also enjoyed working on cars and houses, playing cards, riding motorcycles, and spending time with his family. 

He is survived by his wife, Barbara J. Nelson; two children, Rickey "Jake" (April) Nelson and Amanda (Michael) Ellis; five grandchildren, Kaylee Nelson, Ryan Nelson, Raymond Nelson, Bryndon Nelson, and Piper Nelson, all of Wabash; eight sisters and brothers, Sue (Dave) McKernan of Wabash, Charles (Linda) Nelson of Andalusia, Ala., Ballard Nelson, Deborah (Chuck) Hein, Ralph (Sheila) Nelson, Jayne (Shane) Ridenour, and Fred Nelson, all of Wabash, and Bill Cloud of Beaver Dam. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, and his grandson, Andrew Nelson.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with the Rev. Tim Prater officiating.  Entombment will be in the Chapel of Remembrance Mausoleum at Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call 2-8 pm Wednesday at the funeral home.

The memorial guest book for Rickey may be signed at


Posted on 2016 Jun 21