Harry Nelson

Harry E. Nelson

Monday, April 12th, 1943 - Monday, June 29th, 2020
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Harry Emil Nelson, 77, of Aviston, IL, entered into eternal rest suddenly on June 29, 2020, at Aviston Countryside Manor.

He was born April 12, 1943, in Chicago, IL, the only child of U.S. Army Tech Sergeant Harry Edward and Torborg (Hagelberg) Nelson, who preceded him in death. He married the love of his life, Darleen Billhartz, on October 17, 1964. He retired from Burlington Northern Air Freight in 2008, after 31 years of service.

Harry is survived by his loving wife; their three daughters, Darla Nelson, Laurie Chen, and Audra (Michael) Richardson; six grandchildren, Joshua Norsigian, Zachary Richardson, Noah Chen, Dana Norsigian, Jake Richardson, and Kiele Chen, and one great-grandchild, Camden Norsigian. He also leaves behind 4 brothers-in-law, 5 sisters-in-law, and several nieces and nephews.

"Gramps" was a fan of snacking, having a cold beer, and watching wrestling or reruns of JAG. You would often find him singing and dancing with Darleen to his favorite country music or ZZ Top song, and he enjoyed dragging his young daughters to the Museum of Transportation. He never said no to a "friendly" card game with his siblings-in-law. When he was still mobile, he was an avid golfer who took great pleasure in beating his sons-in-law on the course. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family - riding bikes with his grandchildren, teaching them to fish, practice their golf swing, and how to correctly wash the car and cut the grass. Harry had a dazzling smile, infectious laugh, and quick wit. He was loved beyond measure and will be missed greatly.

Due to Covid-19, there will be a private funeral mass for family and close friends on Monday, July 13, 2020, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Aviston, IL. MASKS MUST BE WORN. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lupus Foundation of America or the Dementia Society of America.
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Bonnie Busam

Posted at 01:25pm
Dear Darleen and Family,

Very sorry to hear about Harry and how extra challenging these pasts months have been for all of you due to the separation. Sending heartfelt sympathies and prayers for all of you during this sadness. Bonnie and Ray Busam

Sue Tebbe

Posted at 05:00pm
Some many memories, don't know where to begin. Will miss him. Prayers for all of you. Love, Sue + Virgil

Ginger Hayward

Posted at 11:02pm
Harry was and always will be one of my favorite people to ever had the pleasure to provide care to. I had the wonderful experience to grow as a CNA and RN with him. I will miss his grumpy laughter and his love of lemonade. He helped make ACSM a home. He made me look forward to coming to work. Seeing Darleen every day made me realize that love even with memory changes doesnt change.

Eileen Mary

Posted at 03:03pm
My heartfelt sympathy to Darleen and family on your loss. Harry always had a smile on his face when I saw him at the nursing home. Prayers to all 🙏🙏🙏

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