Donald Lee Nelson, 66, of Jacksonville, died Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, in Chandlerville.
He was born Aug. 31, 1944, near Springfield, the son of Owen and Lela Mikel Nelson. He married Beverly Robinson on Jan. 30, 1966, at the Winchester United Methodist Church in Winchester, and she survives.
He is also survived by one son, Jeffrey Nelson of Jacksonville; three grandchildren, Tyler, Hayden and Hannah Nelson; his mother, Lela Nelson of Jacksonville; and two brothers, David Nelson of Jacksonville and Bill (wife, Tammy) Nelson of Springfield. He is also survived by sister-in-law, Wanda (husband, Bob) Peck of Bella Vista, Ark.; brother-in-law, Bill (wife, Pat) Robinson of Winchester; niece, Kathy (husband, Dick) Statz of Verona, Wis., and her children, Jesse (wife, Elizabeth) Thill and their son, Chance of Warwick, R.I., and Jared Thill of Fayetteville, Ark.; niece, Lora (husband, J.R.) Bess of Divernon, and their children, Jordan, Taylor and Riley; and niece, Stacy (husband, Chad) Beeley of Jacksonville, and their children, Julia and Rachel. He was preceded in death by his father.
Mr. Nelson was an operating engineer for the City of Jacksonville Municipal Utilities Department for nearly 27 years. He was employed by York Farms for several years prior. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.
Mr. Nelson was a member of the AMVETS and Moose, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, yardwork, boating, riding his Harley and meeting with his many friends and coffee group. Donald loved to cheer on the Routt football team, and he especially enjoyed his family and participating in the Robinson LaLa Reunion each year.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Williamson Funeral Home, with burial at Winchester City Cemetery. Friends may call after 12 Noon on Wednesday at the funeral home, where the family will meet friends from 4-7 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the Nelson Grandchildren Education Fund, which will be established to benefit Mr. Nelson's grandchildren. Condolences may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com.
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Aug. 9, 2011
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