Nelson, Nolan O. 90, formerly of rural Morris, IL. Passed away peacefully early Friday morning November 9, 2012 in his home with his loving family by his side. He was born on May 27, 1922 in Morris. The son of Sidney and Arlotte Brewe Nelson. He received his education in the Morris schools and graduated from Morris High School with the Class of 1940. He was past president and member of the Morris Chapter F.F.A. and was elected to the State Farmer Degree and presented with a gold key, the badge of the organization at a state F.F.A. meeting at the University of Illinois on June 17, 1941. He married Louise Trenter on January 31, 1953 in the First United Methodist Church in Morris. With his wife they owned and operated the Sandwich Grain Company in Sandwich, IL. for 27 years and together they farmed in Saratoga Township all their married life. They enjoyed riding their bikes though the country side, playing golf and at the age of 68 he learned to fly and built and flew his ultralight airplane for many years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Served as a leader with the Saratoga 4-H and Served on the Saratoga Grade School Board of Education. His hobby was showing Hereford cattle and Southdown Sheep at county and state fairs and National Livestock expositions. In 1950 he proudly showed and won with Baca Royal his 1100 pound grand Champion Hereford steer at the Chicago International, Springfield, IL., Kansas City Royal, Denver Co., San Francisco, CA. and wound up winning and selling Baca Royal setting the record price for a steer at the Ogden Utah Live Stock Exposition. Surviving is his loving wife of over 59 years, Louise and their children, Lynn and her husband, Alan Muir, Sid and his wife, Debra Nelson; two grandsons, Michael and Daniel Nelson; two great-granddaughters, Faith and Hailey Nelson; one sister, Georgene Anderson and two sisters-in-law, Faye Nelson and Bertie Nelson; his faithful companion "Tootsie" along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his parents, and two brothers, Sherwood Nelson and Dr. Dale Nelson. The family will receive friends on Wednesday November 14, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. until time of funeral services at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Scott McClellan of the First United Methodist Church officiating at U. C. Davis & Sons Funeral Home Ltd., 301 W. Washington St., Morris, IL. Interment will follow in Saratoga Cemetery. Preferred form of remembrance would be memorial gifts in Nolan's memory directed to Transitions Hospice, 12040 Raymond Court, Hundley, IL. 60142. Online condolences can be extended to the family at www.ucdavisandsons.com For information 815-942-0084
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Published in Beacon News on Nov. 11, 2012