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Ricky George Nelsen, age 58, of Poy Sippi, died peacefully at his home in Vilas County surrounded by his family on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019.

He was born June 16, 1961, in Berlin, the son of George Nelsen and Germaine Rew Schwebs. Ricky was a 1979 graduate of Berlin High School. On Aug. 27, 1988, he was united in marriage to Tina Rodencal at First Lutheran Church in Poy Sippi.

Ricky owned and operated Eagle Drilling for over 21 years. He loved spending time outdoors bear, deer, and moose hunting plus fishing. He also enjoyed shooting pool; however, he especially loved playing with his grandchildren. Rick was a member of the Poy Sippi Fire Department, NRA and First Lutheran Church in Poy Sippi.

He is survived by his wife, Tina; four children, Austin (Sarah) Nelsen, Kayla (fiancé, Justin Dexter), Brittany (Brandon) Disterhaft, and Patrick Nelsen; grandchildren, Zander Nelsen, Elizabeth Nelsen, Skylar Dexter, Kylee Disterhaft, Jade Nelsen, Aria Dexter, Brooklyn Dexter, Jake Nelsen, Cali Dexter, and an upcoming baby Disterhaft due on October 16; mother, Germaine (Norman “Hermie”) Schwebs; two brothers, Lee (Michelle) Nelsen, and Lloyd Nelsen; step-brother, Roger Vergin; step-sister, Jody (Dan) Dippel; nieces and nephews, Ashley, Nick, Krista, and Jen; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Rick was preceded in death by his father, George; parents-in-law, Dennis (Irma) Rodencal; step-sister, Angie Andersen; sister-in-law, Paula.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., at First Lutheran Church in Poy Sippi followed by memorial services at 6 p.m., with Rev. Ted Johanson officiating.

              Arrangements have been entrusted to Barbola Funeral Chapel of Berlin. Online condolences may be sent to the family at