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“Melva and Karen Just wanted to let you know my thoughts and prayers are with you and all you are going through. I'm so sorry for your loss, I know...Read More »
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“My sincere condolences to Melva and Karen and families.I remember Mr. Nelson and being over at the RR tracks. I also remember a kind gentle man, who...Read More »
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Lawrence W. Nelson
Lawrence W. Nelson, age 92, of Nelson, died Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling.
Larry was born October 19, 1925 in Clinton, Iowa the son of Harry and June (Thompson) Nelson. He served in the US Navy during WWII as Radioman Third Class and later married Florence Shonka in November of 1950 in Clinton, Iowa. She preceded him in death on July 9, 2006. Larry was employed as a telegrapher for Chicago Northwestern Railroad for 40 years retiring in 1986. He was a past Master of the Clinton, Iowa Masonic Lodge AF and AM #100, Scottish Rite, KCCH of Clinton, Iowa, York Rite, KYCH of Clinton, Iowa, and past High Priest, past Master and past Commander.
Survivors include two daughters, Melva Broderick of Nelson and Karen Hollenbeck of San Francisco, Calif; three grandchildren, Kerri Reigel of Lake Geneva, Wis., Craig Nelson Reigel of Nelson and Matthew Broderick of Dixon; six great grandchildren, Michael Special, Nick Special, Kaleb Maloney, Alexander Roberts, Kara Roberts and Ruby June Broderick; and one nephew, Dan Bedeger of Walcott, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; one brother, Harry Nelson; one sister, Loess Bedeger; and one granddaughter, Camarie Reigel.
A Masonic service will take place Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 5:30 PM at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls with visitation following from 6 – 8 PM. Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with Reverend Brad Wilson of the First United Methodist Church in Sterling officiating. Burial of ashes will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling.
Online condolences may be sent to www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com.