Evans Funeral Home

"Compassionate Funeral Service"

Carrington and New Rockford, North Dakota
701.652.3003 or 701.947.2911

Secondary Number ~ 701.650.9937

Wade Kendal Nestell was born on July 25, 1979, the son of Daniel Nestell and Wanda Thomas. As a youth Wade attended schools of Sheyenne, Minnewaukan, Crow Creek, and Four Winds all of North Dakota, and ended up getting his GED. He worked various jobs at fast food places and restaurants as a cook in restaurants in Bismarck, ND, and other labor jobs. He met the love of his life, Roberta Brown and was blessed with six sons and one daughter. He loved to play basketball growing up and continued to enjoy watching his children play basketball as they grew up and was proud of all his children and later in life his grandchildren, who he loved dearly. Wade especially liked to spend time with all his cousins and friends he made throughout his life. He enjoyed reminiscing about things as he would say, “back in the day” or “those were the good ole days”. He always had a positive attitude, constantly joked around and loved to laugh and tease the kids and grandchildren. Wade had a loving connection with his grandson & granddaughter, Kaleb & Khloe Nestell, and truly loved all his children and grandchildren unconditionally. Wade also had a special connection with his aunt, Joyce Thomas whom he called his special mom. Wade was a loving son with a big heart, so caring and always willing to lend a helping hand to whoever asked of him. Wade will be missed dearly and made a profession of faith in his younger years. We will always cherish Wade in our hearts and leave him in God’s hands.

Wade is survived by his loving family, his mother, Wanda Thomas; his father, Daniel Nestell; sister, Leigh Nestell; brother, Alton Nestell; sons, Taylor Kalin Nestell (Castle Fox) & children, Audreya (Diamond), Zaya, Thalaeya, & Amaris (AJ), Kalen Nestell & children, Kalen Jr., Kayden, Aiden, & Adrian Nestell, Kobe Nestell & children, Kaleb, Khloe, and Kataya Nestell, Kenyon Longie (Rustina Kennedy) & children, Karina & Serina Longie, Leyton Brown, Wade Nestell Jr.; his only daughter, Winona Nestell; his special aunts, Joyce Thomas, Anna Thomas and Cindy Thomas; uncle, Adrian Thomas Sr. and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and all his grandchildren who he had a special bond with.

Wade is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Richard Sr. & Winifred Thomas; uncles, Mike Thomas, Richard Thomas Jr., Timothy Thomas, Casey Thomas, Milton Thomas Curtis Youngbear and Paul Yankton; aunts, Anne Rene Thomas, Cheryl Thomas, and Marylin Thomas, several beloved cousins, nephews, and nieces. Paternal grandparents, Stradford Nestell Sr. & Bernice P. Nestell of Anadarko, OK, and aunt, Ada Jo Nestell of Oklahoma City, OK.

A Special Thank You to the Spirit Lake Ambulance, medical staff of CHI St Alexius, Evans Funeral Home, Devils Lake PD & Staff and Fort Totten PD & Staff.

Pallbearers: Dequan Keo (walks in front of the casket) ~ Chad Keo Sr. ~ Martin Whitetail Jr. ~ Arnell Nestell ~ Jore Thomas ~ Kobe Nestell ~ Jim Brown ~ Allen Demarce ~ Tyson Whitetail ~ Daniel Nestell (walks at the foot of the casket)

Honorary Bearers: Cynthia Thomas, Gloria Buckelk & Family, Ester Hapa & Family, Clara Brown & Family, Pat Walkingeagle & Family, McDonald Family, Carolyn & Kermit WalkingEagle & Family, Chaske Family, Charlene Jetty & Family, Donna Jackson & Family, Jean Cavanaugh & Family, Luwonna Cavanaugh & Family, Littlewind Family, Catherine Howard & Family, Ivan & Nettie & Family, Anita Cavanaugh & Family, Warren & Geraldine Buckelk, Alton & Chanoa Nestell & Family, Vanessa & Royce McKay & Family, Candida Thomas & Family, Adrienne Thomas-Paul & Family, Jerilyn & Casey & Family, Kirsta Jackson & Family, Norma Thomas & Family, Dennis Keo & Family, Clint & Cecilia Keo & Family, Londa Keo & Family, Mitch Keo & Family, Charris (he calls sis) Thomas & Family, John Thomas & Family, Greybear & Family, Mudgett & Family, Robert Buckelk & Family, Louis Buckelk & Family, Bruce & Penny Walkingeagle & Family, Rebecca Twohearts & Family, Tyler Twohearts & Family, Vincent Thomas & Family, Roberta Brown, Lorenda Twohearts, Jonelle Walkingeagle, Renita & Bud Shaw & Family, Kayla & Jeremy Rainbow & Family, Tioga Whitetail, Megan Whitetail, Marylin Whitetail, Cierra & Tierra Scott, McKenzie Scott, Martina Whitetail, Randy Pearson, Sean Lawrence, Valentina Martin, Melvin, Loren, Myron Greybear & Families, Benny & Rose Mudgett & Families, Garrett (GOPH) Mudgett, Bernard Mudgett, Barry Mudgett, Branden Thomas & Family, Alison Shaw, Bonnie & Monte Herman & Family, Roseanne Redroad, Shirlene Feather, Megan Redfox, Amanda & Clarissa Jackson, Star Hunt, Crystal White, Chico Diaz & Family, Duane Littlewind, Roger McKay JR, Patrick (PAT) McKay, Daniel (Baby Dan) Cavanaugh, Rocky Littlewind, Amy Belgarde, Tyson Sherman & Family, Derrick & Gerrick Mini, Sean Lambert, Nathaniel Dubois, Mark Lufkins Jr., and Amanda Joshua & Family, Natisha Littlewind & Family, Connie & Ronnie McKay, Danisha St. Pierre, Darcy Longie & Family, Wayne Chaske, Patty Kraft & Family.   If there is anyone we left out, it is not intentional, and we apologize during this difficult time of sorrow and bereavement.


Wade’s Visitation will be held on Friday, January 19, 2024 from 10:00AM-1:00PM at Crow Hill Rec. Center, Crow Hill, ND.

Everyone is welcome to the feed after the visitation at the Crow Hill Rec. Center.

Burial will be at St. Jerome’s Catholic Cemetery, Fort Totten, ND in the spring.

Posted Condolences:


  1. Heartfelt sympathy and sincere condolences to Wade’s family, relatives and friends. R.I.P.

  2. Sincere Condolences to Wanda and the Family of Wade. 🙏
    prayers of comfort sent.🙏
    Valerie Yankton-Bull Family

  3. Saddened to hear this news. Prayers of condolences for the family 🙏🏾 (from your Oklahoma kin)

  4. I have no words for losing a son. My heart goes out to you and the family. I’m sending positive thoughts and prayers for healing 🙏. May God watch over you all.

  5. Deepest condolences to you all. Prayers for Comfort and strength during this difficult time. We love you all.

  6. Deepest condolences to Wade’s family.

  7. Our prayers for all the loved ones of Wade. Rest in God’s peace and light, Wade.

  8. Rest in peace cousin. I love you.

  9. Sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to Wade’s family and friends. Rest In Peace Wade. ❤️🙏✝️

  10. I’m sorry to hear this I just seen him not long ago at oldmain in DL. I smiled at him when I walked in and he returned the biggest smile and nodded his head at me. Prayers to all his family..

  11. Prayers and condolences to the Thomas and Nestell families🙏❤️

  12. My dear Friend Wanda, so sorry to hear about the loss of your First born son. i know the pain and heartache. please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Condolences to all the Thomas family and Nestell Family and all who loved Wade. Journey well Wade.

  13. My sincere condolences and prayers to cousin Wanda and Daniel, I am so sorry for your loss. R.I.P. Nephew Wade🌹 Fly high, there are many relatives who await you. 🙏

  14. You always believed in me when it came to basketball. Rest in peace unc, I love you

  15. Sincere condolences to all the families of Wade Nestell. How he will always be missed by all who knew and loved him. May all be blessed with love, peace and comfort from our greatest Healer, Jesus. Love you, Daniel and your family always, wish I could be there with you all!

  16. Prayers and condolences to Wanda and Daniel and families. “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

  17. I will miss u so much ❤️ you will always be on my mind n in my heart “my cuz” 💯♥️😭


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