Neil O. Nelson, 56

Neil O. Nelson of Grafton passed away on Jan. 1, 2011, at the age of 56.
Funeral services for Neil will be Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at 4  p.m. at Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory, 979 N. Green Bay Road, Grafton. Family will receive friends and family at the funeral home Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. A luncheon to follow at the American Legion Peter Wollner Post 288, W57 N481 Hilbert Ave., Cedarburg.

Memorials to the family, American Heart Association or Ozaukee County Humane Society are appreciated. For online condolences please visit

Neil was born in Milwaukee on May 10, 1954, the son of Edwin and Bette Nelson. Neil's love of cars began as a youth when he built countless model car kits. Various auto mechanic jobs honed Neil’s skills until he finally opened his own auto repair business. He was awarded the coveted title of master technician by the National Institute of Automotive Excellence.
Neil's marriage to Nancy Mueller drew them to Grafton to buy their home where they have lived for 28 years. Many remodeling projects done by Neil on this home testify to his high level of craftsmanship. Neil's friends in the Rods-N- Relics Car Club will miss seeing Neil saunter around his beloved 1970 AAR orange Plymouth Cuda at area car shows.

Neil had a love of life that touched many. From his wife, Nancy, to his beloved pets, Miko and Cheerio, to his family, to his countless friends, Neil’s generosity was his legacy. He was never too busy to mentor someone in the automotive field or to help a niece or nephew buy their first car.

The life-altering car accident Neil and Nancy had in 2000 did not diminish their ability to give to others. If anything, it enhanced the kindness both Neil and Nancy unselfishly showered on family and friends.

Neil is survived by his wife, Nancy; and his brothers, Gareth Nelson and family, Ron and Barbara Nelson and family, Keith and Valeria Nelson and family, Wayne Nelson and family.  Neil’s survivors on his wife Nancy’s side are Nancy’s parents, Bernard and Gwendolyn Mueller; and Nancy’s siblings, Steve and JoAnn Mueller and family, Mary and Dennis Leist and family, Sally and Scott Reimers and family, Becky and Keith Olson and family, Judy Liebenstein and family, Terry and Neil Filter, Edward Mueller, Peter and Brenda Mueller and family. Countless other relatives and friends also survive him.

Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.  Online condolences may be sent by visiting