Kenneth Ruschill Nelson 89, of Coal Valley, Ill., died at 1:19 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014 in Hope Creek Nursing Home, East Moline, Ill.He was born August 29, 1924 in Sperry, Iowa the son of Kermit C. and Hattie M. (Ruschill) Nelson.
He is survived by his special friend and companion, Scott Markley of Coal Valley and cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Ken worked for Burlington Truck Lines in Galesburg, Moline, and Peoria for 30 years and retired from Consolidated Freightways in Peoria after 12 years. He graduated from Monmouth High School and Brown’s Business College. Ken was a member of Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad Cities. He was past president of Galesburg Jaycees and past treasurer of Illinois State Jaycees. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and was a member of Alpha Masonic Lodge 155 in Galesburg, the Scottish Rite in Moline, and the Mohammed Shrine in Peoria. Ken was also a member of Delta Nu Alpha Transportation Club in Peoria.
Ken served in the United States Army, Illinois National Guard, and Army Reserves for 34 years, retiring as Lt. Colonel. He served in Korea and was awarded the Bronze Star.
Graveside service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 31, 2014 at Aspen Grove Cemetery in Burlington, Iowa. Rev. Rich Hendricks will officiate. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad Cities. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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