A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Shuda Funeral Chapel in Stevens Point, with Pastor Brian Berg officiating.
Visitation will be at the funeral chapel from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and again from 10 a.m. Monday until the services.
A memorial will be established for the Bill Nelson Memorial Fund.
Condolences may be offered online at www.shudafuneral.com.
Mr. Nelson was born, July 15, 1940, in Manitowoc, a son of the late Alfred and Iris Nelson. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Manitowoc in 1958 and scored 41 points in one game in basketball and his half-court shot put the Manitowoc team in the state tournament.
He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then transferred to Stevens Point Teachers College (now UW-Stevens Point) and earned a bachelor of science degree.
After graduation he accepted a position at the YMCA in Port Edwards, where he was the athletic director and later executive director. At the YMCA, he started the flag football program, taught swimming and golf lessons. He was also in charge of basketball leagues, handball tournaments and fitness classes, also providing guidance to young persons. He received many awards in athletics and was ranked eighth nationally in handball.
He was married to Virginia “Ginger” Schwartz in July 1964.
He moved his family to Stevens Point in 1976, and later he and his wife started Nelson Supply Co.
He was active in the Plover youth baseball program, as he coached for 25 years. He was one of the three men who founded the UWSP Men’s Basketball Backcourt Club and remained active for many years.
Survivors include his wife; three sons, William (Michelle Laucke), Stevens Point, Robert (Dana), Junction City, and Brian (Connie), Powder Springs, Ga.; and three grandchildren, Robert, Sebastian and Juelena.