Obituary: Ryan Nelson


Ryan Matthew “Nelly” Nelson, 40, of Wilton, Iowa, died Saturday, June 26, 2021 at his home, after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, July 1 at Bentley Funeral Home, Wilton. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 2 at Bentley Funeral Home, Wilton.

Burial will take place in Oakdale Cemetery, Wilton. A memorial fund has been established. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Ryan was born on March 6, 1981 in Iowa City. He graduated from Wilton High School, with the class of 1999. Ryan played football and basketball for the Wilton Beavers. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan. Ryan’s mission in life was to make people laugh.

He was a dedicated artist, and would often draw caricatures of his family and friends. He also loved to draw sport mascots, especially Herky the Hawk. Most of all, Ryan loved spending time with his nephew, Grayson.

Ryan will be dearly missed by his mother, Lisa Nelson of Wilton; his sister, Elizabeth (Steven Boyd) Nelson of Davenport; one nephew, Grayson Boyd; his maternal grandmother, Kay Busher of Wilton; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and his best friend, Travis Sterner.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, William “Bill” Maurer; and his step-grandfather, Ray Busher.

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