Steven A. Nelson


Steven A. Nelson, 70, of Blair, passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, in his home, October 7, 2023.

Steve was born March 3, 1953, to Carl “Bud” and Ruth (Tranberg) Nelson in Eau Claire. He attended Western Wisconsin Technical College, earning  degrees in Electronic Servicing and Police Science. He later graduated with honors from UW–La Crosse with a degree in Geographic Information Systems. He managed a service station with his dad and later worked for several years at Cenex Land O’ Lakes in sales and service. He retired from Noren Transport as a mechanic and bus driver.

Steve’s family was his life. He married his soulmate, Rae Delle (Berzinski), September 4, 1982, and together they were blessed with four wonderful daughters: Amy (Jeff) Swanson, Bethany (Janine) Nelson-Gallo, Cala (JC) Poppe, and Dana (Ryan) Wolfe. He loved his grandchildren with his whole heart: Rayna, Jaren, Salem, Brody, Reagan, Elliot, Miles, and Reece. Steve is also survived by his brother, Rick (Lisa) Nelson; and in-laws: June, Rita (Bruce), Lynn (Mike), Peggy (Gary), Butch (Pam), Mark (Heidi), Betsy (Mike), Brian (Rachel), Marie, Linda and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. He was the best “grand-daddy” to Wendy Grace.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings: Mike Nelson and Ruth Ann “Tuti” Nelson.

Steve was quiet and gentle, with a quick wit and great sense of humor which will be greatly missed.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, October 21, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at The Town of Preston Hall, 1102 E. Broadway St., Blair. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Blair-Preston Fire Department & First Responders, Gundersen Tri-County Memorial Hospital Foundation, and the Rita Tranberg Memorial.

Kratz Funeral Home-Portage ( is assisting with arrangements.

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