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Donald G. Nelson, 82, of Cherry Valley, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017, in OSF St. Anthony Hospital. He was born September 18, 1934, Rockford, IL, the son of Herbert and Alice (Carlson) Nelson. He married Barbara Neff on February 28, 1953. He later married Diane (Rasmussen) Ludwigsen on July 17, 2004. Donald was self-employed where he worked at restoring antique autos. He was a member of First Lutheran Church; Model T Club, Whizzer Bicycle Club and the Men's Breakfast Club.
He is survived by his wife, Diane of Cherry Valley; daughter, Pamela (David) Venter; son, Byron (Karin) Nelson; and daughter, Lisa (Jerry) Bojarski; grandchildren, Christopher and Paul Venter, Heather (Jason) Appelquist, Michael Nelson and Julie (Michael) Enneking, and Alyssa, Brian and Kevin Bojarski; great-grandchildren , Taylor and Axel Appelquist; brother, Herbert "Bill" W. Nelson Jr; nephew, Dennis Nelson; step-son, Daniel Ludwigsen, and step-daughter, Karin Rochester; step-grandchildren, Kaela Grace and Hannah Marie Rochester, and Gunnar, Gustav, and Hattie Ludwigsen. Predeceased by his parents, and first wife.
Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at First Lutheran Church, 225 S. 3rd St. Rockford with Rev. Jane McChesney officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at First Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials to First Lutheran Church, 225 S. 3rd St. Rockford, IL 61104.

Condolences & Shared Memories (9)

  1. Rich and Janet Peterson

    We have many fond memories of your Dad and Mom. Picnics, tours and lots of family get-togethers. So sorry for your loss. Prayers to all of you.

  2. Rosie Sheridan

    Dear Diane, I was so sorry to hear about Don. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am, unfortunately, down with the flu but will be thinking about you. My deepest sympathies, Rosie

  3. Elizabeth

    Sending my sympathies and keeping you and your family in my prayers.

  4. Pat Murphy Gorsuch

    My deepest sympathy to your family. My husband and I were high school friends of your mom and dad. Still got to see your dad at lunches at the Cherry Valley Methodist Church. Will keep you in my prayers. Much love, Pat

  5. Heather

    My letter to grandpa All my childhood memories have you in them, and us spending time together. I always seemed to be at your house invited or not. I will forever remember cornflakes and grapefruit in the morning, hot 4th of July parades, trips with the model T-club, Maid Rites and the smell of oil in your shop. To me you will always be my grandpa down the alley. Love, Heather

  6. Jean Todd

    Pam, Prayers are with you and your family as you grieve the death of your dad. May it bring all of you comfort to know he is at peace sitting at the feet of Jesus.

  7. Lavern. Neff

    Going to the alps drive in for lunch and taking it to alpine park to eat when we were in high school. This is just one of my many memories.

  8. Dave and Mary Venter

    Dear Pam and family, . Please accept our deepest expression of sympathy in the loss of your Dad. You will remain in our prayers. Dave and Mary's

  9. Carol Howard

    Pam, I'm so sorry for your loss! You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers!

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