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Lyle S. Nelson, 88, of Rockford, passed away on Thursday, January 11, 2018 in his home. Born on March, 8, 1929, in Rockford, the son of Spafford and Loetta (Blakely) Nelson. He graduated from East High School, class of 1948. Veteran of the Marine Corps, he served in the Korean War where he received the Purple Heart. Lyle married Phyllis Clark on October 17, 1954 in Rockford. He worked and retired as Vice President at Nelson & Storm Tool Supply. Lyle was a member of the Marine Corp. League, Masonic Lodge - Ellis and Freeport Consistory, Tebala Temple, R.O.J., Pyramid Circle, Forest Hills Country Club, and Dairymen's Country Club - Boulder Junction.
Survived by his wife, Phyllis; daughter, D'Arcy (Phil) Theiler of Arbor Vitae, Wisc., and Marla (Ken) Henry of Rockford, IL; son, Clark (Lanette) Nelson of Rockford, IL; grandchildren, Courtney (Nick Durkee) Jolin and Stephanie Jolin, Logan, Trent, and Blake Henry, Amanda and Connor Nelson; great grandchildren, North and Fischer Durkee; niece, Cindy Nelson; nephew, Wade (Kim) Clark; and special niece, Vicki (Ed) Harrison. Predeceased by his parents; and brother, Jack.
Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 2715 S. Mulford Rd., Rockford, with Reverend Scott Benolkin officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service in the church. Burial in Arlington Memorial Park. Memorials can be made to Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 2715 S. Mulford Rd., Rockford, IL 61109 or Shriner's Memorial Hospital, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

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  1. Phillip Garthwaite

    My deepest sympathy to the whole family

  2. Patricia Youngren Balentyne

    I am sorry to hear of Lyle's passing. It has been a lot of years since I last saw you, Phyllis, but I remember those babysitting days so well. You and Lyle were the young hip couple living on 16th AV surrounded by neighbors who were at least 5 to 10 years older than you, which seemed ancient to me at the time. Since those years have passed, I met your son at an Ice Hog's game, sitting right next to me. It's a good thing he likes to talk as that is how we met and I found out I babysat for his sisters. The years have passed swiftly and you have lots of beautiful grandchildren. I hope your family brings you comfort in the future years to come. Fondly, Pat

  3. Josie Peebles

    So sorry to hear of Lyle's passing.I met Lyle and Phyllis when I worked in the Activity Dept. at P.A. Peterson in the late 1980's and early 1990's. They had a family member who was a resident there and would visit often.Phyllis taught China Painting and Ceramics there for several years.Such a nice couple.My sympathy to Phyllis and family on their loss of such a "special man".

  4. Dudley Rhoades

    So sorry to hear that Lyle has passed. I have many of great memories of him calling on me at Warner Brake and all the sportsmen dinner we attended with my sons and Clark.He was a wonderful man and talked so much of his wife and family. Our family will remember Lyle and his family in our prayers.

  5. Naomi & Chuck Bietau

    We are sorry to hear of Lyle's Passing. While our contacts mostly took place back in the 40's and 50's, we have fond memories. May he be blessed with eternal life.

  6. Janine Bridgeland Linder

    I am sending condolences on behalf of my dad, Harold Bridgeland, who worked with Lyle for many, many years at Nelson & Storm. Dad has many fond memories of working with Lyle and Jack. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time.

  7. Judy and Pat Beda

    So sorry for your loss! Prayers for your family!

  8. Ron & Judy Nordlof

    We have lost a dear friend. So many memories that go back a long way. Good times at the lake with friends and extended families, what fun. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Nelson family, especially Phyllis.

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