Elmer Nelson

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ELMER NELSON, 91 ROCKFORD - Elmer Nelson, 91, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by family and friends after a short battle with cancer on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Elmer was born in Rockford, Illinois on October 10, 1922, to Victor and Anna Nelson. Elmer married the love of his life, Charlotte Hellem on Dec. 2, 1967, and they spent 44.5 years together, never spending a day apart, until her death in June of 2011. Elmer had two children that he had been estranged from for nearly 50 years from a previous marriage, Wanda (Steve) Ferrall and the late Michael Nelson. He never knew the reasons behind the separation and it saddened him until his very last day. Elmer worked for Greenlee Textron for 42 years, retiring in 1984. He was a member of the WWII 91st Army Infantry, receiving an honorable discharge in 1944. He was a member of the Lyron Lodge, Svithiod Lodge, Greelee Squared Circle and the Vasa Park Board, which he was an officer for both of them for many years. His favorite and most memorable moment was when he was the manager of the Greenlee Baseball Team in the Industrial Ball Club and they won the Best Fast Ball Team in 1965. After Elmer retired, he spent 7 years doing the summer grounds work for Northern Credit Union to keep himself busy. Elmer was an avid Cubs fan and listened to the games up to the very end of his days. Elmer was welcomed into heaven by numerous family and friends including both parents; grandparents; step-daughter, Betty Parks; son, Michael Nelson; 1 brother; 5 sisters; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Elmer is survived by his grandson, John (Laura) Stanton; his beautiful great-granddaughter, Shynell, of Moreno Valley, CA; special family members, Joanne Blaser and family, Debbie Denny and family, Dennis Blaser and family, Ret. Col. Russell Quirici and family, Vanessa (Koyna) Ives-MacCallum and son, Kasey, Pete (Helen) Larsen, Dawn (Maynard) Moen. Thank you to OSF Hospice Nurse Jamie, who was a blessing by making herself available to the family at all times of the day. Charlotte had sent two angels to watch over Elmer and keep him comfortable until the end. A special thank you to his very best friend, Steve (Kristi) McCormick and Hanne (Greg) Pearson for helping him spend his last days at home with dignity. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Avenue, Rockford, IL, with great-nephew, Dennis Blaser officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in Fred C. Olson Chapel. Burial to be at the family plot in the Scandinavian Cemetery following services, with a reflection gathering to follow, location to be announced. Elmer asked that in lieu of flowers, that donations be made directly to the Women's Auxiliary at Taber Lutheran Church, 2233 12th Avenue, Rockford. To share a memory or online condolence, visit olsonfh.com.
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Olson Funeral Home - Rockford
1001 SECOND AVE  Rockford, IL 61104
(815) 963-6521
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Published in Rockford Register Star from June 30 to July 1, 2014