Richard Nelson

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MORTON - Richard Cole Nelson, age 86, of Morton passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Riverview Manor Care in East Peoria.

Dick was born on April 18, 1927, in Peoria, Ill., to Hugh E. and Ruth Leone (Hill) Nelson. He married Dorothy May Smith on March 31, 1956. She preceded him in death in February of 2008.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; his daughter and her husband, Maribeth and Roger Lewis, both in 2010; his son, Stuart Nelson in May of 2007; and his sister, Jeane "Gigi" Wood in August of 2009.

Dick served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as assistant to the commander of the troop ship, Telfair. After serving in the war, Dick attended Eureka College, where he played football and baseball. After graduating from Eureka, Dick continued to play hardball and fast-pitch softball for many years and played two years of semi-pro football for the Peoria Rockets.

Dick worked in sales for the food service industry. He managed the kitchen and serving areas for Illinois Central College and designed the new kitchen and serving areas for ICC. He also owned Court Street Steak House in Pekin and The Pilot Club near the Peoria Airport.

Dick was a member of the American Legion Post 979 and he was a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan.

Cremation rites will be accorded and there will be no services. Inurnment will be at Resurrection Cemetery at a later date. A celebration of life will be held on April 19, 2014, at the American Legion Post 979 in Bartonville, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Military honors will be at 12 noon and the buffet will begin shortly after.

Memorials may be made to the Dick Nelson Scholarship Fund at Eureka College in Illinois.

Online condolences may be made through www.davison-fultonbartonvillechapel.com.



Published in Peoria Journal Star on Mar. 30, 2014
Richard C. Nelson
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