Keith Nelson

Keith Nelson, 67, of Shawano, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 17, 2016.

Keith was born in Milwaukee on May 28, 1948, the son of the late Edwin and Betty (Yakel) Nelson.

After high school, Keith served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He loved traveling, and met his future wife, Valeria Mendoza, in Costa Rica.

Keith and Valeria were united in marriage on Dec. 4, 2009, in Shawano. He had a great sense of humor and was the life of the party. He was a loving person and always put others before himself.

Keith lived life, non-stop, never slowing down. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Keith is survived by his wife, Valeria; six children, Dewey Nelson, Kari (Jay) Nelson-Flores, Mark Nelson, Nubia Mendoza, Alex Mendoza and Nico Nelson; five grandchildren, Myah, Macey, Mason, Perry and Greysen; a sister-in-law, Barbara Nelson; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many, many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Gareth, Ronald and Neil.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 21, 2016, at Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano. Military rites will be conducted by the Shawano VFW Post 2723. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.