|Francis C. Nelson, 84, of Galesburg, died at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2012 in Seminary Manor.
He was born July 27, 1927 the son of the late Clyde E. Nelson and Beda F. Nelson of Altona. He married Eileen H. Worden on April 12, 1947 in Galesburg. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in 2012.
Francis is the loving father of twins, Karen (James) Lloyd of Elm Grove, Wis. and Sharon (David) Kuhn of Deerfield, Ill. He is the devoted grandfather of Evan (Christina) Lloyd of Bel Air, Md., Emma Lloyd of Elm Grove, Wis., Elizabeth Kuhn of Astoria, N.Y., and Patrick Kuhn of Deerfield, Ill. He was preceded in death by his older brother, Vail and his sisters, Marian and Lucille. He is survived by many loving cousins, nephews, nieces, in-laws and friends.
Francis graduated from Altona High School in 1945 and attended Western College on a basketball scholarship. He served in the United States Army in World War II from 1945-1946 and again from 1952-1953 in the Panama Canal Zone during the Korean War. He was employed at Butler Manufacturing Company for 39 years, retiring as a General Foreman. He was a member of the Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285 in Galesburg.
Francis enjoyed and participated in many sports in school and beyond, helping to lead Altona High School to three district championships in basketball from 1943-1945. He served as president of his high school athletic council. Francis was a lifelong avid Cubs and Bears fan. He played golf on the Dew Duster and Green Buster leagues and had three holes-in-one, the last one occurring on Aug. 16, 2010 at the age of 83. He played in the Quad Cities Open Pro-Am in 1982 and at Pebble Beach in 2005. He bowled in a senior league at Northgate Lanes with Eileen for several years. Francis was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altona. He served on the board at First Lutheran Church in Galesburg. He joined Corpus Christi Church at Easter 1990. He will be greatly missed by everyone whose lives he touched.
Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 1, 2012 in Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Funeral mass will be 10 a.m. Monday at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 273 S. Prairie St., Galesburg, Ill. Burial will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Galesburg. Memorial contributions may be made to Corpus Christi Catholic Church or the Galesburg Rescue Mission. A reception in the parish hall will follow the burial. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.