PEORIA - Kenneth Ruschill Nelson, 89, of Coal Valley, Ill., a former Peoria-area resident, died at 1:19 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Hope Creek Nursing Home in East Moline, Ill.
He was born Aug. 29, 1924, in Sperry, Iowa, the son of Kermit C. and Hattie M. (Ruschill) Nelson.
He is survived by his special friend and companion, Scott Markley of Coal Valley, and cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Ken worked for Burlington Truck Lines in Galesburg, Moline and Peoria for 30 years and retired from Consolidated Freightways in Peoria after 12 years. He graduated from Monmouth High School and Brown's Business College.
Ken was a member of Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad Cities. He was past president of Galesburg Jaycees and past treasurer of Illinois State Jaycees. He was a 32nd-degree Mason and was a member of Alpha Masonic Lodge 155 in Galesburg, the Scottish Rite in Moline and the Mohammed Shrine in Peoria. Ken was also a member of Delta Nu Alpha Transportation Club in Peoria.
Ken served in the United States Army, Illinois National Guard and Army Reserves for 34 years, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He served in Korea and was awarded the Bronze Star.
Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 31, 2014, at Aspen Grove Cemetery in Burlington, Iowa. The Rev. Rich Hendricks will officiate. There will be no visitation.
Memorials may be made to Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad Cities.
Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel is handling arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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