Richard C. Nelson
April 18, 1927 – March 27, 2014
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, IL 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 WWII 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 design 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 26, 2014 at the American Legion Post 979 in Bartonville from 12pm to 3pm. Military honors will be at 12pm the buffet will begin shortly after. Memorials may be made to the Dick Nelson Scholarship Fund at Eureka College in Illinois.
- Celebration of Life Saturday, April 26, 2014
Richard C. Nelson
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April 14, 2014
Dick was married to my sister for many years. He made her very happy. I am so sad he is now gone. He was a good guy.
April 12, 2014
Dick was a wonderful giving person and a fellow Eureka College alumni.I will miss his wonderful stories of his past and his positive attitude toward life. Rest in peace in heaven, dear friend. Alice and Paul Bahnfleth
April 1, 2014
What a special person! Rest in peace, Love, Bob &Jill Pegg
March 31, 2014
Dick was a special friend to us,he is in heaven now.
The mighty midget says you go get them.
Cathy and Cary schoedel
March 30, 2014
I AM SENDING MY CONDOLENCES FOR ANY FRIENDS AND SCHOOLMATES FROM THE CLASS OF 46 FROM MANUAL HIGH. I ENJOYED CONVERSING WITH DICK AT OUR 65TH REUNION AT THE LARIAT CLUB AND RENEWING OLD FRIENDS IS ALWAYS A TREAT.THANKS DICK FOR BEING A FRIEND, SHIRLEY RAKER BARBER AND HUSBAND RUSS "BUD"..FROM FLORIDA..........