Wayne R. Nelson

Sept. 27, 1931 - May 25, 2006

Wayne R. Nelson, 74, of Waukesha, died Thursday, May 25, 2006, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

Wayne was born Sept. 27, 1931, in Rice Lake, the son of Joseph and Evelyn (nee Johnson) Nelson. He was united in marriage to Donna J. Radanke on Jan. 27, 1973, in Prior Lake, Minn. Wayne was president of Gresen Manufacturing and a corporate officer of Tonka Corporation. Wayne later moved to the Waukesha area in 1983. He had a great love of hunting and fishing and also enjoyed many other hobbies.

Wayne will be sadly missed by his wife, Donna; his children, Patty Hesse, Kelly (Neal) Fjerstad and Richard Bongiovanni; grandchildren, Amanda and Emily Fjerstad and Jason Bongiovanni; his sisters, Mary Ida "Tiny" (Leo) Trujillo and Janet "Tootie" Nelson; niece, Caroline (Mike) Peros; nephew, Joseph Nelson (Kris) Trujillo, many other relatives and friends.

Wayne is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Evelyn and brother, Raymond.

A memorial service will be held Friday, June 2, 2006, at 7 p.m. at the Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Waukesha, with the Rev. Frank Janzow officiating. Visitation will also be Friday from 4 p.m. until the 7 p.m. service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, N19-W24350 Riverwood Drive, Waukesha, WI 53188, or to Ascension Lutheran Church, 1415 Dopp St., Waukesha, WI 53188.

For more information, call Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home and Cremation Services at 542-6609 or visit www.waukeshafuneralhome.com for online obituaries, directions or condolences.