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David Nelson

January 19, 1933 January 1, 2019
David Nelson
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Obituary for David Nelson

Wood River:

David Nelson, 85, passed away at 10:33pm on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at his residence with his loving family by his side. He was born on January 19, 1933, in Wood River, the son of the late Benjaman Harrison and Blanche V. (Coffman) Nelson. He married Edith (Schenk) Hand on July 29, 1960, in Alton, and she preceded him in death on July 2, 2017. Survivors include four daughters and sons in law: Sharon and Ted Sperry of Stuart, Florida, Carolyn and Jerry Robertson of Stuart, Florida, Sandy and Dennis Shaw of Rosewood Heights, Betty and Don Secor of Bethalto, three sons and two daughters in law: Bob and Karri Hand of Hollywood Beach, Florida, Jimmy and Tonya Glisson of Old Town, Florida, Jeff Glisson of Brooksville, Florida, thirteen grandchildren, twenty – three great grandchildren, seventeen great – great grandchildren, a sister: Ruth Ann Gray of East Alton, a brother and sister in law: Bobby and Charlotte Nelson of Wood River, and many other extended family and friends.

David was employed by the Laborer’s Local #338 for over thirty – five years and retired as a foreman at Shell Oil Company. He formerly attended Bible Baptist Church in Cottage Hills. He loved his dogs: Jack and Jill. He loved to farm and raise his bulls and cows. He enjoyed playing golf, dancing, bowling, hunting, and fishing. He was a veteran of the United States Army.

In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter: Kathy Godfirnon, a son: Ralph James Hand II, two grandchildren: Scott Gibbs, Darren Prehn, four sisters: Mabel Stone, Louise Nelson, Janice Allen, Gladys Mae Major, four brothers: Clarence Nelson, Lee Nelson, Benjaman Nelson, and Larry Nelson.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be from 10am until time of funeral services at 12pm on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at Pitchford Funeral Home in Wood River. Pastor Charles West will officiate. Burial will follow at Woodland Hill Cemetery in East Alton.

Memorials are suggested to the 5A’s or to OSF St. Anthony’s Hospice and will be accepted at the funeral home.


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Visitation

Saturday

5

Jan

10:00 AM 1/5/2019 10:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 1/5/2019 12:00:00 PM
Pitchford Funeral Home

2555 Vaughn Road
Wood River, IL 62095

Pitchford Funeral Home
2555 Vaughn Road Wood River 62095 IL
United States

Funeral Services

Saturday

5

Jan

12:00 PM 1/5/2019 12:00:00 PM
Pitchford Funeral Home

2555 Vaughn Road
Wood River, IL 62095

Pitchford Funeral Home
2555 Vaughn Road Wood River 62095 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Woodland Hill Cemetery Final Resting Place

370 North 6th Street
East Alton, Illinois 62024

370 North 6th Street East Alton 62024 Illinois
United States

Memorial Contribution

OSF St. Anthony's Hospice

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