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Bruce Paul Nelson, 62, of Gilson, died peacefully Sunday
December 8, 2019 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg, with his family by
Bruce was born July 7, 1957 in Galesburg, the son of Paul
Warren and Violet Mae (Scott) Nelson. He
married Trudy Ann Hanna on February 21, 1976 in Galesburg. She survives as do two sons, Christopher
(Emi) Nelson of Japan and their children, Len, Ken, Joe, and Kai, and Robert
Nelson of Gilson and his son Braden; and two daughters, Nickole Nelson of
Gilson and Amy (Steve) Tagtmeier of Bolingbrook and their son, Tyler. Bruce was preceded in death by his parents
and one sister, Barbara Pennington.
Bruce worked as a plumber and pipefitter for Local 25 and
130 for 35 years, retiring in 2012.
While working, Bruce enjoyed volunteering with Habitat for Humanity
through the Unions. Bruce enjoyed
swimming and SCUBA diving. He loved
reading, laughing, and telling a good joke.
Bruce enjoyed singing karaoke and when the boys were growing up he
coached baseball for many years. But
most of all, Bruce enjoyed being with his family and his grandchildren.
Visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at
Watson Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, Galesburg. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. Pastor
Darrell Grimm will officiate. Burial
will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Galesburg.
Memorials may be made to Autism Speaks.
Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at