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Nelson, Robert L
Robert V. Nelson, 91, of 159 Knox Hwy 26, Galesburg, IL died 8:00 PM Saturday November 7, 2009 at the Hawthorne Inn, Galesburg.

He was born September 1, 1918 in Rural Wataga to Emil W. and Esther Amelia Anderson Nelson. He married Florence M. Epperson August 5, 1939 in Burlington, IA. She preceded him in death July 1, 2006.

Surviving is a son Gene A. (and Bette) Nelson of Rural Wataga, a daughter Margaret L. (and John) Thulin of Galesburg, a brother-in-law Harry D. Epperson of North Bend, Oregon, a sister-in-law Frances L. Gomes of Eugene, Oregon, 5 grand children, 2 step grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 10 step great-grandchildren and a step great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter-in-law Nancy Nelson, a brother and 3 sisters.

Robert enjoyed farming the Galesburg, Abingdon, Henderson and Wataga areas his entire life. He graduated from Sparta Township, Wataga in 1936. He was a lifetime member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He was a 55 year member of the Masons of Illinois, Abingdon Lodge #185, Knox County Farm Bureau Member for over 60 years and a member of the Galesburg Order of the Moose Lodge #880.

Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Saturday November 14, 2009 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Rev. Tim Anderson will officiate. Visitation will be 5:00 - 7:00 PM at the chapel with a Masonic service at 7:00 PM. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Galesburg.

Memorials can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or the Hawthorne Inn. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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