Bob Feller, a.k.a. Grousin’ Buddy, was born in Antigo, Wisconsin, in 1950, the youngest of four children. Ray and Marian raised their children in the peaceful and protected environment of a small town, where a boy need only hop on his bike and ten minutes later find himself in the woods. Bob’s collegiate years were also spent in the north woods, graduating from U.W. Superior in 1973. Fond memories of hunting and fishing excursions with his dad or uncle, Fred Feller, fill every visit to the land of his birth. Though Ray, Marian, and Fred have all passed on, the Feller clan still holds on to a small cabin on Bass Lake.
Bob currently lives in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, with his wife, Ellen, and his daughters, Lauren and Haley, teaching and coaching for the MPSD. But in October, you’re much more likely to find him tramping some fire lane in the plentiful county forests north of Antigo. In fact, he won’t be alone. Tramping with him will be his best friend and business partner (they run Nelson-Feller Tennis Camp), Bob Nelson.
Bob Nelson, a.k.a. Nellie, was born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, in 1949. Nellie’s a “homer.“ After earning his degree at U.W. La Crosse, Nellie returned to his hometown to work at the YMCA where he was instrumental in creating many of the tennis programs that are still going strong there today. Nellie also coaches tennis and has run several businesses, currently a real estate agent. Nellie grew up with a hunting heritage, but was mostly a fisherman, being on the shores of Lake Michigan. Nellie resides in rural Manitowoc County with his wife, Pat, and three yellow labs, Blake, Scratch and Maggie. Nellie has two children, Heather (Manitowoc) and Trent (Milwaukee). Trent is also an avid grouse hunter, thus, the tradition carries on.