Keith Nelson

November 9, 1962November 14, 2012
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Keith A. Nelson, 50, of Crystal Lake passed away on November 14, 2012.

He was born November 9, 1962 in Woodstock. He was a fun loving, outgoing, adventurous guy with the most infectious laugh. His passions were hang gliding, riding his Harley, motor sports, and above all spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by the love of his life, Alanna Winandy, her mother, Bridget Dixon, and her brother-in-law, Dan (Mary) Parker; his brother, John Nelson; his niece, Briana (Brian) VanderWeele; nephews, Logan Nelson, and Brian and Joseph Parker; great-nephew, Hayden VanderWeele; great-niece, Ashton VanderWeele; cousins, Michelle (Russell) Gibbs, Candi (Tim) Nolte, Jeff (Annie) Shulfer, Rhonda (David) Trevoranus; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia (Winters) Nelson; his sisters-in-law, Mary Winandy Parker and Darlene Nelson; his grandmother, Gertrude Winters; and his great-aunt, Rose Roewer.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6pm on Sunday, November 18, at Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home, 500 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake. Visitation will continue from 10am to 11am on Monday, November 19, at the funeral home. The funeral service will be at 11am.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to establish a memorial at a later date.

For information call the funeral home at 815-459-1760. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Sunday, November 18, 2012
  • Continued Visitation Monday, November 19, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 19, 2012

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Lorie Martenson

December 11, 2012

Alanna, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you now and always.

Liz Kopterski

November 24, 2012

All of us in the Kopterski/ Ceithaml family will truely miss Keith's presence at our family gatherings, concerts and other events that Keith had become one of our gang. He definitely was one of the good guys. We all love you Alanna, stay strong! Liz

November 23, 2012

I was saddened by the news of Keith's passing. Alanna, I am very
sorry for your loss and pray that you stay strong and find your peace
again. My thoughts go out to you and everyone touched by the loss
of this fine man. Sincerely, Maurice Bello Crystal Lake IL

Diane and Gary Mlekush

November 22, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss Alanna. I truly understand your pain.

Miriam Kuta

November 21, 2012

John, so sorry to hear about your brother! Our thoughts are with you and your family through this difficult time!
Miriam and Tony Kuta

Cheryl Burden

November 20, 2012

Allanna, I was so sorry to have heard about Keith's passing. I'm his mom's cousin, and I remember Keith as a little guy. He was such a cutie! Looking through your photo gallery I was able to enjoy seeing what a good, caring man he grew to be. I knew he had to be, with such a loving and kind mom. I'm sure you miss him dearly, and our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. I was so sorry to have missed the service.

Barbara Neimeyer

November 20, 2012

I am very sorry for your loss. I worked with Keith and always thought he was a great guy. I know he will be sorely missed.

Stephanie Crews

November 20, 2012

Keith such a wonderful and caring person. Al sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you and his family

November 19, 2012

To the family of Keith Nelson, Keith was our fire extinguisher rep for many years and was always very helpful. He was really a nice guy and he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Lt. Andy Veath
Cary Fire Protection District

Judy Tolley

November 19, 2012

I am so sorry to hear the loss of Keith he was so much fun to be around. You are in my prayers !