Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Willard Carroll Nelson, 79

| March 28, 2024 12:00 AM

On March 16, 2024, our wonderful father, Willard Carroll Nelson, age 79 of Charlo, and Carmen's loving husband, went into God's embrace.

He was an extremely caring person, a great storyteller and a loyal friend. Many evenings were spent listening to him tell stories about his mischievous childhood. Who needed stories in books when we had Dad?

He had a strong work ethic that he lovingly passed down to us and many of our friends. Our family is rich in love and laughter, due to the example that our parents showed us every day.

Dad was born in Billings on Aug. 2, 1944. His family moved back and forth between Arkansas and Montana over the years. 

On one move to Arkansas, he met the love of his life, Carmen, and they had 60 years of love and adventures together. You only had to look at the two of them together to witness true love. 

During those years they brought three children into the world. William (Leslie) Nelson, Tammy (Mike) Krahn, and Vaun (Tony) Collier. This also resulted in five grandchildren and three great grandchildren, with one more on the way.

Dad loved entertaining all of us with his stories and practical jokes. They made the time in the milk barn much more enjoyable. Over the years, he had several jobs, but dairy farming was what he was most known for. He was dedicated to finding ways to improve the farm and the lives of his family. 

We love you Daddy and will miss you always. 

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. April 13, 2024, at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, 207 Eisenhower St. SW, Ronan. Messages of condolences may be shared with the family online at

Arrangements are under the care of Shrider-Thompson Funeral Home.