Words cannot describe our devastation and heartache after the loss of our beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend, Drew Nelson. As difficult as this road has been, you have helped us on this journey in many generous ways. Thank you for:

•Your prayers, hugs, cards, and messages

•Generous donations to Drew’s memorial

•Other thoughtful gifts, flowers, photos/videos sent to us of Drew

•Meals and groceries delivered

•Alex and other staff at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home for going above and beyond in their services

•Pastor Mike, Pastor Jay and numerous volunteers at New Bridge Church helping to facilitate an amazing celebration of life for Drew

•All who traveled near and far to attend his services

•Those creating memorial videos, bracelets, T-shirts, and other special events in Drew and Kolton’s memory/honor

•The Adair County emergency responders and the Greenfield Hospital for your response to the accident, and your generosity, patience and kindness with our family the night of the accident

•Anything or anyone else I may be forgetting on a tired brain – your generosity and kindness has all been appreciated!

We have loved hearing your stories shared about how Drew touched your lives and we hope you continue to share those stories with us and each other. We also hope you continue to do things in Drew’s memory:

•Get out and enjoy nature and the outdoors

•Teach youth to hunt, fish (or other outdoor hobby)

•Tell jokes and laugh often

•Give great hugs (after this nightmare of COVID-19)

•“Find the fun” in everything you do

•Register as an organ donor and let your family know your wishes

•Love and learn about Jesus – (for many reasons, but one is because he is our pathway to heaven to see our loved ones again).

Drew’s dream was to be a professional hunting guide to share his love of the sport and amazing talent with others. As a youth outdoorsman, Drew enjoyed many opportunities including camps, competitions and team shooting sports. We plan to use a portion of Drew’s memorial funds to donate to these various youth organizations. We want his dream to live on by helping these organizations provide the same opportunities Drew loved and learned from. He may not be here to guide them in person, but we would love his dream and legacy to live on.

With much love and appreciation,

—Drew Nelson’s Family