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Funeral services will take place on Monday, April 26, 2021 at 10:00 AM (Mountain).

Wall Community Center
Wall, South Dakota

Martin Community Cemetery
Martin, South Dakota
5-7 p.m. Sunday, April 25, 2021
Wall Community Center
Wall, South Dakota

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In memory of

Chad Jeremiah Nelson

of Wasta, South Dakota, died on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Pennington County at the age of 31

Chad Jeremiah Nelson was born July 2, 1989, in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, the youngest of four children born to David and Tami (Goodman) Nelson. He grew up on the family ranch near Kyle and attended Interior School through the 7th grade. He graduated from Bennett County High School in 2008. During his school years, he participated in football, basketball, wrestling, track, band, Presbyterian youth group, and was a member of the Red Water 4-H Club and the BC rodeo club. He earned athlete of the week for Bennett County High School after winning his first match in wrestling after going winless the year before. After graduation, he attended college in North Dakota and later Mitchell Tech. Chad worked various construction jobs east river before moving back to the Wall area in 2010.

While in Wall, Chad worked at Dairy Queen, the Cactus Café, the Badlands Bar and Grill, Red Rock, and most recently worked for Dakota Log Accents with Cory Poseley. Chad enjoyed his Pool Leagues in Rapid City and in Wall. He was a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan and loved rock hunting, fishing, and branding season. He was always an animal lover and a gentle spirit with a heart of gold. Chad always had a unique smile on his face and a positive attitude. He would literally give anyone the shirt off his back if they needed it. Throughout his life, he acquired many nicknames from his cousins and friends to include Bullwinkle, Baby Waffers, Chadder, Chadder Box, Cheddar Bob, and many others.

Survivors include his parents David and Tami of Kyle; his fiance Sam Swenson and her daughter Ashlynn of Wasta; his sister TR Nelson and fiance Leonardo Yate of Wall; two brothers JR Nelson and his wife April of Kyle and Travis Nelson of Rapid City; nieces and nephews Hannah, Riley, Harmony, and Nelson; a great-niece Lydia; his grandfather Al Goodman, aunts and uncles, several cousins; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Chad was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother Beverly Harris; his maternal grandparents Gary and Judi Day Sears; and his uncle Mike “Butch” Vaughn.

Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at the Wall Community Center.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 26, at the Wall Community Center.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday at the Martin Community Cemetery in Martin.

5-7 p.m. - Sunday, April 25, 2021
Wall Community Center
Wall, South Dakota

Monday, April 26, 2021 - 10:00 a.m.
Community Center
Wall, South Dakota

Pastor Bill Hines

Stu Livermont - Vocalist
“The Thunder Rolls”
“Long Black Train”

Carson Smith - Bo Sharp

Will Willuweit - Corey Poseley - Josh Fresquez
Aron Puckett - C.J. Tice - Tre Blasdell

All Relatives and Friends in Attendance

Monday, April 26, 2021 - 2:00 p.m.
Martin Community Cemetery
Martin, South Dakota

  • I happened to meet you in Kadoka on your journey home, rest in peace my friend. You always made me laugh. Tell we meet again. Deepest thought and prayers to your family. ~ Michaela Bryan (4/27/2021)
  • I'm like every other person who hates going to funerals. I had to make myself go this morning. It was a beautiful service and Chad had a lot of people who loved him. It was so hard watching his family sit there and watch his memorial video. The songs that were played were so awesome. Especially at the end when that song "Jeremiah was a Bullfrog ". That was awesome. Love to you Tami, Dave, and the family.. ~ Norma Carson (4/26/2021)
  • ~ Cally Drobny Martin, South Dakota (4/26/2021)
  • So very sorry for your loss sending prayers for healing ~ Patsy Besson Wall (4/26/2021)
  • Our hearts hurt for all who loved Chad. He was such a nice, kind guy. May God wrap his arms around you and hold you tight. Our love and prayers. ~ Marty & Susan Huether Wall (4/24/2021)
  • He be greatly heck of a good guy.... I will miss him dearly....Prayers ~ Todd Thorson Philip (4/24/2021)
  • Dave and Tammy your in my thought and prayers. ~ Tracey Feldman Box elder SD (4/23/2021)
  • Dave and Tam & family~I am so sorry to hear of this news, damn it! My Thoughts and prayers are with you all. ~ Tracee Livermont Martin (4/23/2021)
  • Dave and Tami,
    My Deepest Sympathy. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Cherish all the good memories. He always had an amazing smile.
    ~ Fawna (Geigle) Goff Sturgis, SD (4/23/2021)
  • Sorry to hear about Chad. Prayers to the family! ~ Brandy Wall, SD (4/23/2021)
  • So sorry for the loss of your loved one. ~ Joshua Williams Rapid City (4/22/2021)
  • Sorry to read the news of your son's death. I remember that little cutie from Interior School. Sympathy to you and all your family. ~ Marilyn Gartner INTERIOR (4/22/2021)
  • Hard to believe you're gone. I only got to hang out with a few times but you were a sweet heart each time. Rest in peace and fly high ~ Kasi Bostwick Sturgis, SD (4/22/2021)
  • Tammy, We are so sorry to hear about Chad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ~ Tom and Jackie Shull Wasta (4/22/2021)
  • Miss you ~ Brian Clayton Wall (4/22/2021)
  • ~ Kelley Meeks Wall, SD (4/21/2021)