Vigen Memorial Home obituary – Joseph “Joe” Ryan Nelson, 24, of Keokuk

Joseph “Joe” Ryan Nelson, 24, of Keokuk died on Monday, May 6, 2019 at his home.


He was born on July 6, 1994 in Orlando, FL the son of Joseph Ryan Sr. and Laura Ann Smith Nelson.
Joe graduated from Keokuk High School with the class of 2012.
He most recently worked at Silgan in Ft. Madison, IA and previously worked at Roquette in Keokuk, IA, Siemens in Ft. Madison, IA, Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Mt. Pleasant, IA, Methode Electronics, Inc. in Carthage, IL, and the Iowa Fertilizer Company in Weaver, IA.
Joe enjoyed playing disc golf in Rand Park, going fishing with his friends and video games. He was known for his fun personality, free spirit and sense of humor. Joe’s smile was contagious and his bear hugs will always be remembered. He created memories with everyone he met. He was generous and kind and will be greatly missed by those who loved him.
Joe is survived by his father Joseph Nelson of Keokuk, IA, his mother Laura Nelson of Mesa, AZ, his sister Amanda Cantwell of Billerica, MA, his brother Kenneth Gregerson of Iowa City, two nephews, Caden Cantwell and Jack Cantwell of Billerica, MA, two grandmothers, Judith Krug of Keokuk and Virginia Wright of Winchester, VA, aunts, uncles, lots of cousins, and many friends.
Joe left us too soon and will be sorely missed.
A Gathering of Remembrance for family and friends will be held from 12-3 p.m., Saturday, at the Vigen Memorial Home, 1328 Concert St. in Keokuk, IA.
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