Funeral services for Carroll “Spike” Nehls, 86, of Groton will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 2nd at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Rev. Larry Johnson and Pastor Craig Grams will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in Groton Union Cemetery under the direction of Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel, Groton.
Visitation will be held for one hour prior to services at the church. There will be no prayer service.
Spike passed away November 27, 2021 at his home in Groton.
Carroll Lee Nehls was born on October 12, 1935 near Andover to Fred and Dora (Hoops) Nehls. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Spike attended school in Groton and graduated in 1953. Throughout school, he was involved in many sports and held a track record for many years. Spike enlisted in the US Marines and upon his honorable discharge returned to South Dakota. He continued his education at SDSU and later at Northern State University. On July 15, 1961, he was united in marriage with Helen Patricia “Pat” Vig in Claire City, SD.
Spike worked construction and later began his own business. Spike had a passion for hunting and fishing. He loved the sport of baseball and played for Groton for many years. Spike’s wife, Pat, also loved baseball and fell in love with one special player (Spike). He liked all sports and hardly missed any home games whether baseball, basketball, football or track.
Celebrating his life is his wife, Pat of Groton, sons, Scott (Susan) Nehls of Tucson, Arizona, Lance (Arlene) Nehls of Tucson, Arizona, four grandchildren, Alexa Brown, Lacey (Isaak) Matzdorff, Logan Nehls, Brock Nehls and his brother, Maurice Nehls of Langford.
Preceding him in death were his parents and six siblings.
Honorary Casketbearers will be his four Grandchildren.
Casketbearers will be Dennis Fliehs, Dick Donovan, Dale Grenz, Lance Hawkins, Ken Zens, Lynn Vig, Brad Elliott, Paul Price, Troy Larson and Mike Nehls.
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