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Lloyd Leroy Nelson - 81

6/20/1936 - 11/12/2017

Gillespie, Illinois formerly of Colchester

Lloyd Leroy Nelson age 81, of Colchester, Illinois passed away Sunday, November 12th in Gillespie Illinois.  He was born June 21, 1936 in McDonough County, at Colchester, Illinois to Beatrice Love (Vawter) Nelson and Carl Howard Nelson.  His Spouse was Zelma Ann Hall (Malin) marriage since September 29, 1964.  Surviving to mourn his passing are his spouse Zelma and his children consisting of son, Russell Eugene Malin(Cyndi) from Davenport Iowa, daughter Lu Ann(Malin)Cook(Randy) of Bettendorf, Iowa, son Ronnie Carl Nelson(Susan) who resides in Martinez, California, daughter Brenda Elaine (Nelson)Day(Lonnie) of Denver, Illinois, son Rev. Nathan Lee Nelson(Peggy) of Gillespie Illinois.  Lloyd had 25 Grandchildren and many Great-Grandchildren as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews.  Lloyd’s surviving siblings include Linda Rice(John), Izella Switzer, Rosalie Kennedy, Louisa Stallings, Beatrice Ann Adams, Floyd Nelson (Hellen) and Betty Jean Nelson wife of Leonard Nelson.  Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents, Beatrice Love (Vawter) Nelson and Carl Howard Nelson. Lloyd is also preceded in death by his brothers Gary Nelson, Leonard Nelson, and Carl Tom Nelson, and sisters Ardella Ritchey, and Alabama Shallenberger.   Lloyd lived in Colchester for 56 years, 22 years in rural Blandinsville, and 3 years in Macomb Illinois.   He attended Macomb Assembly of God Church has a child, Colchester Christian Church and Aldersgate Free Methodist Church as an adult with family, and listened to Gillespie Assembly of God online later in life where he rededicated his life to the Lord.   He was a military veteran who served in the Army as a SPC E-4 as a truck driver and he was honorably discharged.  He served in the local labor union #231 for 50 years until he retired.   He was employed by William and Steve Housewright and Galesburg construction.  He helped construct the WIU Brody Hall, and the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb Illinois.  Lloyd loved to fish, hunt, work on his Ford/Mercury cars, do his carvings, work in his garden, and his animals.   He loved life and nature.  His dream was to be self-sufficient and live off nature on what God has given.  He worked and provided for his whole family including his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, November 17, at Jones Mortuary in Colchester Illinois, with Nathan Nelson officiating.  Burial and military services by the Macomb V.F.W. and Macomb American Legion will follow at the Mt. Auburn cemetery in Colchester Illinois.  Visitation with the family will be from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Friday at the funeral home.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home from 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Thursday.  Memorials can be made out for Cardinal Glennon Children’s hospital in St. Louis, Missouri or Friends of Argyle Lake State Park.  Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com


10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Friday at the Funeral Home


11:00 A.M. Friday at the Funeral Home


  • Steven Hall

    on 11/16/17

    Uncle Lloyd, You had the remarkable ability to make the little things in life seem magnificent. From mushroom hunting, fishing, and just relaxing in the woods. You and Aunt Zelma are special people and we will miss you dearly. You've raised a fantastic family and with so many grandkids and great-grandkids, your memory will continue to inspire the next generation of young naturalists that will take care of Argyle and all the things you loved. Aunt Zelma, you are in my thoughts and prayers Love, Steve
  • carol barsi

    on 11/16/17

    Zelma, I'm sorry to hear of Lloyd's passing. Sounds like he had a wonderful life with you & your family. I will keep you all in my prayers.
  • Brad Robinson

    on 11/17/17

    Zelma Ann and Family I am so sorry to hear of Lloyds passing. He was a super great guy who would do anything for anyoneit didnt matter who it was he would help them out... He will be sadly missed and my thoughts and prayers are with you and Your children and familiesw
  • G. Luanne (Wetzel) Steiner

    on 11/17/17

    May we extend condolences to each one in Lloyd's circle of family and friends. To Beatrice, our high school classmate, we share in the sorrow of losing a brother and pray you will find comfort and peace as the coming days unfold. Thinking of you at this sad time. Luanne (Wetzel) Steiner

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