James Allan Nehls

December 17, 1947 - November 02, 2023


Obituary For James Allan Nehls

DEFOREST/DEKORRA TOWNSHIP – James Allan “Buck” Nehls, age 75, passed away on Thursday, November 2, 2023. Jim was born on December 17, 1947 in Portage, WI to Robert and Janet (Stewart) Nehls. He grew up in Dekorra Township and graduated from Poynette High School in 1966. Jim married Linda Wanninger, on August 20, 1988, in Portage, WI. He retired from career in environmental engineering and consulting after 45 years. Jim stayed close to his childhood friends and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing cards with them (The ODBHA). He also enjoyed cooking, making food for his friends, family, and Deer Camp, and cheering on his children in sports and their endeavors. We will always remember his sense of humor and unique personality.

Jim is survived by his wife of 35 years, Linda; children, Steven (Melissa) and Karly (Taylor) Frampton; grandchildren, Thomas and Jack Frampton; brother, Robert; sister-in-law, Annette; and brothers-in-law, Mike (Denise) Wanninger and John (Lori) Wanninger. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other family and friends. He is preceded in death by siblings, infant Beth, and Stewart; brother-in-law, Mark Wanninger; and sister-in-law, Lynette.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 6924 Lake Road, DeForest.

The family would like to thank all who played a significant role in Jim’s life. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services

Windsor/DeForest Chapel

6924 Lake Road



8 Nov

Celebration of Life

04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

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  • November 08, 2023

    We are so sorry for your tremendous loss and so sorry that we cannot attend Jim's Celebration of Life. Tim was very fond of Jim and remembers many pleasant holiday conversations with him. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. - Tim and Emily Anderson

  • November 05, 2023

    Karen and I are saddened by your loss, Linda, Steve and Karly. We have thought of you off and on during the time since we last saw you. Karen has talked about Steve and wondered what he was doing. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of lost. Sue and Karen Pecotte

  • November 04, 2023

    We are very sorry for your loss. We remember many good time around the fire pit with Jim. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Mike and Lynn Molinaro


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