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Jack L. Nelson - 85

7/10/1934 - 3/20/2020

Colchester

    Jack L. Nelson age 85 of Colchester, passed away Friday, March 20, 2020, at McDonough District Hospital Emergency Room.  He was born July 10, 1934, in Colchester to Charles and Bessie Mae Martin Nelson.  Jack was united in marriage to Patricia McLain on October 18, 1956, in Macomb.

    Surviving to mourn his passing are his wife of 63 years, Patricia Nelson, of Colchester, 2 sons: Brent (Lori) Nelson, of Laura, Illinois, Richard Nelson, of Macomb, 2 granddaughters: Ericka (Branden) Lesley, Paige Nelson, 2 great grandchildren: Lexie and Jake Lesley, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

    Jack was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters: Helen Curtis, Katherine Ussery, 3 brothers: Keith Nelson, Kenneth Nelson, and Robert Nelson.

    Jack served his country in the United States Army, from 1956 to 1958, his tours of duty included basic training in Kileen, Texas, at Fort Hood, then he was stationed in Friedberg, Germany.  He served on an expert rifle team in competitions.  While serving with the 3rd Armor Division, he and Patricia lived off base.  Jack worked as a truck driver for several years then went into construction as a union laborer.  Jack started his own business with construction equipment in the early 1970’s.  He expanded his business over the years to include hauling gravel, backhoe service and trenching.  He was a member of the Colchester Business Association for many years and helped with Christmas on the Prairie. He built his own family home from the ground up, doing all the work himself.  At one time he built many pickup truck campers for people including his own family which lead to many family camping trips through the summer months.  He enjoyed going on trips around the country of which they almost got to every state, and even to some locations out of the country.  He also enjoyed riding with Pat on his motorcycle, and working with her raising and selling Christmas trees.  Jack enjoyed the time he got to spend with friends at the local coffee shops.  Jack was always busy  working on something whether for his family or someone else.  He was truly a “Jack of all trades”.

    Private graveside will be at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester, with Military rites by the Macomb V.F.W. Post 1921 and Macomb American Legion Post 6.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester from 8:30 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 25, 2020.  Memorial is to Colchester Area Business Association or Colchester Library.  Please feel free to leave condolences to the family by visiting online at jonesmortuaryfh.com. 

Friends may view and sign the register book at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester from 8:30 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Private family service will be at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Colchester with Military rites by the Macomb V.F.W. and Macomb American Legion

26 Comments

  • max mcfadden

    1 week, 5 days ago

    RIP my friend

  • Cheryl Nelson

    1 week, 5 days ago

    My thoughts & prayers are with you. Jack was a wonderful guy.
  • Courtney McCarty

    1 week, 5 days ago

    I'm so sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers are with pat and the rest of the family. I will miss you snookums.

  • Rhonda Adcock

    1 week, 5 days ago

    I'm so sorry for your loss. I got to know Jack when I worked at the quarry. What a great and kind man. Many thoughts and prayers. RIP
  • Brenda and Keith Beckner

    1 week, 5 days ago

    We are so sorry to hear of Jacks passing. I got to know him because he hauled a lot of rock from the quarry, he was always a gentleman and a kind soul. We will truly miss him.

  • Steve and Janet Sowers

    1 week, 5 days ago

    Pat, Richard, Brent, and Families,

    So sorry to hear of Jack's passing. Many memories of your family form Colchester West End days. You were good neighbors. Happy you have Richard and rest of your family around you. Our families are important to us especially during the times our country is going through today. We send our love and know that our prayers are with you.

  • Michael Galloway

    1 week, 5 days ago

    My sympathy to all of Jack's family. Got to know him from the numerous times he hauled gravel for me and doing some bulldozing. Such a nice guy whom I enjoyed having conversations with. Praying for peace to be with all the family and to treasure many memories of Jack's life.
  • Laurel Blue

    1 week, 4 days ago

    My thoughts are with Pat, Brent, Richard and the rest of your family at this time. I remember Jack changing a tie for me once when I was in high school. Prayers

  • Susan & Bronson Eddington

    1 week, 4 days ago

    Thoughts and prayers for you all!!   

  • Louise and Don Greer

    1 week, 4 days ago

  • Deepika Vinod

    1 week, 4 days ago

    So sorry for your loss, Pat!  Praying for you and your family during these trying times. 

  • Alma and Denise Feathers

    1 week, 4 days ago

    Sorry for your loss!! Prayers for you and your family 

  • Steven C. Whitlock

    1 week, 4 days ago

    Jack hauled rock for me when I needed it.. always on time and done a great job..Prayers to his family.

  • Jerry and Mary Payne

    1 week, 4 days ago

    Pat and Family,  Jerry and I are so sorry for your loss  We always enjoyed visiting with Jack whenever we would see him.  Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • richard and Karen Fentem

    1 week, 4 days ago

    Pat and family, so sorry for your loss, he was a good good guy.  our thoughts are with you all.

  • Stanley L Burton

    1 week, 4 days ago

    Marsha and Joe Wayland would like to offer their condolences and say that you are in their thoughts and prayers
  • Harold and Joyce Starr

    1 week, 4 days ago

    Treasure the memories we've enjoyed together God Bless your family.

  • Harold and Joyce Starr

    1 week, 3 days ago

    We treasure the memories we enjoyed together.

    God bless your family

  • Bill and Willa Jefferson

    1 week, 3 days ago

    Pat and family, we are sorry to hear of Jacks passing. I enjoyed visiting with him when he would come to the Post Office to ride with you on nasty days. Willa and I send our condolences and prayers.

  • Debbie Crone phelps

    1 week, 2 days ago

    I am so sorry to hear this. My heart hurts with you. May you find peace in God and he will help you through this time of sorrow. I will pray for all of you.
  • Jackie (Alleyne) Leighty

    6 days, 2 hours ago

    So sorry for your loss.  Sending Prayers to Pat and Family.

     

  • Dean Reeveerts

    5 days, 19 hours ago

    Dear Pat,

    I;m so sorry for your loss.  I enjoyed the time I spent with Jack and certainly appreciated his hauling gravel for our place.  He will be much missed.

  • Rita Moore

    4 days, 16 hours ago

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers for all of the family.
  • Rita Moore

    4 days, 16 hours ago

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers for all of the family.
  • cindi Pfleiger

    2 days, 5 hours ago

    Thoughts and prayers to all.

     

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