Frederick “Fritz” F. Nell, age 89 of Beaver Dam, passed away on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Rainbow Hospice Care Inpatient Center in Johnson Creek.
Fritz was born on December 19, 1931, the son of Elmer and Sylvia Nell. He was united in marriage to Doris Lindert on May 21, 1955, until she preceded him in death in 1985. On December 1, 1990, he married Patricia Neitzel.
Fritz was a lifelong farmer where he enjoyed working with his family which is now 5 generations. The farm became FWR Nell Farms in 1980 when it was incorporated. Fritz was the President of FWR Nell Farms up until his passing. He was also the official farm tour guide. He enjoyed seeing the expressions of people when they saw the farm for the first time. The tour also might include a ride in the semi if it was harvesting time. Fritz loved driving semi and he would not pass up an opportunity to jump in and help whether it was for the farm or other various local trucking companies. He amazed everyone by driving semi until he was 87 years old. As a farmer, he was involved in several organizations such as the Spring Valley 4-H club, Farm Bureau, and AMPI. He was very proud that he was the President of AMPI for several years. Fritz was an active member of Peace Lutheran Church, where he enjoyed ushering for church services. Later in life, he was a snow-bird, living in both Beaver Dam and Mesa, Arizona. Above all, Fritz was a devoted family man who loved to talk and make people laugh.
Fritz is survived by his wife, Patricia Nell of Beaver Dam; children, Wally Nell, Sandy (Gordy) Kuehn, Dennis (Jenny) Nell, Ronnie (Debbie) Nell, Susie (Shane Hollingsworth) Nell; step-children, Marsha Jahnke and Pamela (Bruce) Wentler; grandchildren, Tanya (Jason) Grams, Joni (Josh) Dykstra, Jason (Katie Ehlenfeldt) Nell, Kayla (Bert Clover) Hoefs, Katie (Collin Peterson) Hoefs, Jennifer (Jake) Schaefer, Lissa Kuehn, Tracy Lewke, Ryan (Samantha) Nell, Caleb Hollingsworth; step-grandchildren, Andy Jahnke, Nathan Jahnke, Brock Ruenger, Jordan Ruenger, Amber Ruenger, Matthew Wentler; 16 great-grandchildren; 5 step-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Doris; brother, Eugene; step-son, Craig Pluim and other relatives.
Visitation for Fritz will be held on Sunday, May 9 at Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services, 135 Keller Blvd., Beaver Dam from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 12:00 p.m. (noon). Burial will take place at Highland Memory Gardens, town of Trenton.
Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services in Beaver Dam is honored to be serving the family. You may send private online condolences or sign the family’s guest book at www.cstonefs.com.