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David Nelson

May 1, 1931 — December 14, 2020

David K. Nelson, 89, of Peotone, IL (formerly of Glenwood), devoted husband to Shirley for 63 years; cherished father of the late Nancy McGovern (David), Kevin (Ronda), David Jr. (Kelly), and Donald (Anne); proud grandfather of David McGovern Jr., Megan (Jason) Peterson, Rex (Kyli) Nelson, Mitch (Lindsey) Nelson, Britta (Carlos) Portillo, Annika Nelson, Olivia Nelson, Bella Nelson, David Nelson III; and 7 Great-grandsons.

Dave is also survived by sisters-in-law Rogene Nelson, Elizabeth (the late Robert) Marshall, and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents; John and Daga (Johnson) Nelson and siblings Virginia (Gordon) Loven; Rev. Daniel (Myrtle) Nelson and Bert Nelson.

Born May 1, 1931, in Chicago, IL, he passed away peacefully at home, Monday, December 14, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Raised in the Evangelical Covenant Church, he trusted Christ as his Savior while attending Child Evangelism classes. He went on to enjoy many happy years of fellowship at Lansing Gospel Chapel. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. Dave was a long-time employee of AT&T, working as an electronics technician for 40 years before retiring. Dave devoted his time volunteering as a counselor and maintenance crew at Lake Geneva Youth Camp.

Family remained his greatest joy. Dave was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He loved any time he got to spend with his family, particularly the many weeks spent at Conference Point Camp on Lake Geneva, WI. Having a heart to serve others, Dave was always willing to lend his time and talents to help his family, friends, and neighbors. A thoughtful, kind, patient man...loved by all...he will be greatly missed.

Services will be limited to family because of the global health pandemic (COVID-19) at Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone.  The funeral service will be live-streamed on the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home Facebook page on Friday, December 18, 2020 at 4:00 p.m., Donald Nelson officiating.  Interment, also limited to family, will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Blue Island.   Memorial gifts may be directed to the Emmaus Bible College.

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