Ed Nesselhuf, 1944-2016


edEd Nesselhuf, right, presents award to Smoke Wade at the 2006  National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo.
Photo © 2006, Jeri Dobrowski

Yvonne Hollenbeck shared the sad news of the death Ed Nesselhuf, fellow South Dakotan and much loved and admired cowboy poet and humanitarian, on July 27, 2016. A Lutheran pastor, he founded Prison Congregations of America.

Ed was a driving, indispensable force in the organization and success of the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo during its management by Sam Jackson, who conceived the event.  He also served as a judge foreman for organizers of the current National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, Dawn and Geff Dawson.

A moving obituary here tells, “The most important thing in his life was his family. The rest of this was written by Ed himself…” Ed’s words about his family are a testament to his life well lived. These words end it, “… I will miss you but this is only temporary. I will be waiting for you all, just as safe as a toad in God’s pocket.”

The family suggests that memorials can be directed to Prison Congregations of America at PO Box 1335, Sioux Falls SD, 57101.

Find some of Ed Nesselhuf’s poetry here at CowboyPoetry.com.