Ronald W. Nelson, 57, of Geneseo passed away Monday, September 23, 2013 at his home. A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday at First Lutheran Church in Geneseo. Rev. Dr. Arthur Bergren will officiate. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. A visitation for Ron will be from 4-7 pm on Friday at Vandemore Funeral Homes Ltd, Geneseo. In Lieu of flowers the family requests memorials may be made to the Ron Nelson Memorial Fund.
Ron was born on April 8, 1956 in Princeton, IL, the son of Carl and Mabel (McAtee) Nelson. He graduated from Manlius High School in 1974 and went to the University of Illinois where he earned an Agricultural Engineering Degree in 1978. He was united in marriage to Kelly K. Oloffson on June 11, 1977 in Manlius, IL. Ron worked as an Engineer for 33 years at John-Deere Harvester Works in East Moline, IL.
He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Geneseo. Ron was also a member of the Joyfull Hearts Worship and Praise Band at First Lutheran. He coached baseball and basketball teams for his sons in their youth. Ron also thoroughly enjoyed accompanying his daughter Tracie to her horse shows and would do all the grooming on the show days for her. Ron enjoyed playing guitar and spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife Kelly; 1 daughter: Tracie (Brian) Douglas, Geneseo, IL; 2 sons: Peter (Natalie Winter) Nelson, Peoria, IL, Tim (Laura) Nelson, Naperville, IL; 4 grandchildren: Hayden, Baylie, and Joshua Douglas, and Claire Nelson; 2 brothers: Robert (Judy) Nelson, Michigan, Richard (Ka) Nelson, Washington, 3 sisters: Nyla (Roy) Wachter, Washington, IN, Nancy (Jim) Hopkins, Oregon, IL, Norita (Steve) Cunningham, Sugar Grove, IL; many nieces and nephews.