Carl Nelson

Carl Joseph (Vigil Jr.) Nelson, age 41, of Nixa, Missouri, and formerly of Yankton, South Dakota, was called by his Heavenly Father to be a soldier in God’s Army in heaven on Sunday, December 27, 2020.

Memorial services are 2:00 PM, on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Katie Ricke officiating.  Inurnment will be at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton with military honors provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791 and SD Army National Guard Funeral Honors.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, on Friday, January 15 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton.  The memorial service will be live streamed on Carl’s obituary page at and on our YouTube channel, Wintz Funeral Home.  Face coverings will be required for those attending the service.

Pallbearers are Gerry Bollig, Chris Miner, Andrew Nelsen, Ben Nelsen, Sam Nelsen, Dustin Olson, and Jason Sejnoha.

Carl was born February 10, 1979 in Lemoore, California to Carl Vigil and Linda Vigil Nelson.  Growing up, he loved to read and was an inventive child.  When the movie “Home Alone” came out his mother received many phone calls that they had seen Carl in the movies that day.  He moved with his mother to different naval bases throughout the country and the world.  But when his mom went out to sea, he would live with his grandmother, uncles and aunt in Tyndall, SD where he attended grade school.  His uncles taught him many things a boy should know including hunting, fishing, and much to his mother’s dismay, oh yes girls.

After his mom retired from the Navy, they moved to Yankton when he was a sophomore in high school.  Carl graduated from Yankton High School in 1998 and then attended Northeast Community College in Norfolk, NE to be an electrician.  When he was two years old and stuck a bobby pin in a light socket and flew back two feet, he grew up wanting to be an electrician.  After graduation, Carl worked in Yankton for Bauer Electric, then Muth Electric and finally for Kolberg-Pioneer.  In 2001, Carl married Tina Wolhoy and a year later in 2002, Carl enlisted in the United States Army. After 9-11 happened, he said it was his duty to serve because we live in the greatest country in the world.   He served in Iraq from 2003 to 2004 and then in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2006 as an Engineer doing electrical work.  Carl became a Criminal Investigations (CID) Agent for the US Army in 2007.  He started as an E-4 and worked his way up until he was commissioned as a Warrant Officer. He received many awards for his performance and was proud of his Army service.  In 2015, Carl was discharged from the Army.  He was member of the VFW Post 791, Yankton.  After his divorce in 2015, he moved to Nixa, MO and continued his work as an electrician, first for Mr. Electric and then Maverick Electric.  In 2017, Carl started his own electrical business, All-American Electric, Nixa, MO.  Carl married the Love of his Life, Rachel Reaves, on September 19, 2019 at 9:19 am in Key West, FL.

When he was younger, he enjoyed soccer, taekwondo, paint ball, hunting, fishing, golfing and setting booby traps with fishing line.  Carl also enjoyed travelling, brewing his own beer, listening to rock music, playing a little poker or craps, and playing video games with his children.  He was an excellent cook and was always trying new recipes.  He was a referee for the Wild Wood Roller Derby Team, Waynesville, MO and he was short wave radio operator KEOKGU.  He had an infectious funny personality with a beautiful smile that would light up a room and could always make people laugh.  Carl left this world too soon and will be forever missed.

Carl is survived by his wife, Rachel of Nixa, MO; three children: Tiffany, Blane and Emelia of Yankton, SD; granddaughter, Zemira; stepdaughters Savannah and Masy Reaves of Nixa MO; mother, Linda (Dick) Fox of Yankton; father, Carl Vigil of Limon, CO; grandmother, Clara Bambas of Tyndall, SD; half-brother, Christopher Vigil; and a half-sister, Adriana Vigil of Colorado;  his uncles and aunt that felt he was like a brother instead of a nephew:  Marvin Mann and Deb Steenson of Bloomfield, NE, Terry (Julie) Mann of Tyndall, SD, James Mann of Parkston, SD, and Sherry (Dennis) Fischer of Tripp, SD; plus many other extended family members and Tina Wolhoy of Yankton.

Carl was preceded in death by his grandfather, Edward Nelson; grandparents, Waldo and Pauline (Archuleta) Vigil; and step-grandfathers, Melvin Mann and Ray Bambas.






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9 response to "Carl Nelson"

  1. By: Liandro j Lopez Posted: January 9, 2021

    So sorry for your loss i am 1st cousins with his dad carl i will be praying for you all

  2. By: Eric and Anita Posted: January 10, 2021

    We liked Carl from the moment we met him and always enjoyed visiting with him. So sorry for your loss.

  3. By: Dustin Campbell Posted: January 10, 2021

    Seems like just yesterday we were swapping memes, arguing politics, sharing recipes and talking shop and helping me set up the 417 Veterans FB group. You were a shining star in this dark world and I looked up to you greatly. You may be gone Carl….but you will never be forgotten.

  4. By: Jim Adkins Posted: January 10, 2021

    Great young man. I knew him from here in Nixa through Ham Radio and the Nixa Amateur Club.
    I will miss hearing him on the radio as I did many mornings when he was heading for work.
    May God give the family peace and comfort.

  5. By: ANGELA M ROSS Posted: January 13, 2021

    So sorry to hear this Linda, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Keep your memories close to your heart. Angela Ross

  6. By: Becky Webb Posted: January 16, 2021

    Carl was a good kind-hearted helping soul. He had an infectious smile. He was a great so in law. You are in a better place than we. I think of you often and will for years to come. I miss you. Becky.

  7. By: Susan Heintzman Posted: January 16, 2021

    I worked with Carl at the Fort Polk CID office. I traveled most of the time, but when I was there Carl would always stop in to chat. He cared about the mission, wanted to learn, and always had a positive attitude. I had a dog that I would bring to the office, her name was Denali, and she became the office mascot. Carl would sit on the floor and play with her like a kid, lol! Once we became friends on Fb, we’d always send each other funny stuff. Anytime I saw anything about bacon or any meme with the name “Carl” in it, I’d send it to him and Rachel. My heart is broken for Rachel. It was clear from their pics and posts to one another how very happy they were. I’m thankful to God they were able to experience that kind of love and happiness, even if it was for a shorter time than any of us could have ever imagined. We don’t understand why things like this happen, only God has the big picture, but we can take comfort knowing that everything is in His hands and He turns everything to good. I pray for His peace that surpasses all understanding to comfort Carl’s family as they move forward, one day at a time. Carl would want you to start by going out to lunch for a bacon cheeseburger, with extra bacon, and a side of…bacon. Susan Heintzman

  8. By: Vikki Stricklin Posted: January 16, 2021

    A beautiful service for a great man, soldier and friend. My thoughts and prayers continue for his family and friends, and most importantly for his kids. His world revolved around them and I pray that they find peace in this difficult time.

  9. By: Heather Wemhoff Posted: February 24, 2021

    I lived on the same street as Carl’s gma then it was called Race Street its different now i believe in tyndall sd i would see him riding his bike then didn’t see him again until sophomore year in yankton sd. i watched his memory video and he had the white car older model he drove it to school…my heart just sank reading of his passing i will always remember him by his smile my thoughts and prayers go out to his family!

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