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January 28, 2010

(6/12/1942 - 1/19/2010)

William R. “Bill” Nelson, 67, of Davenport, IA, passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at his home. Memorial services were held Friday, January 22, 2010 at the Runge Mortuary and Crematory. Burial was in National Cemetery, Rock Island, IL. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. Online condolences may be made at

Bill was born June 12, 1942 in Washington, D.C. the son of Charles and Mildred (Dobyns) Nelson. He graduated from Memphis High School, Memphis, MO class of 1960. He was united in marriage to Carol Liblin on April 29, 1989 in Glasgow, IA.

He served in the United States Army for two years.

He proudly worked as a Union Carpenter for Priester Construction for 25 years and then worked for Robertsons Builders until his retirement.

He was a member of Fraternal Lodge #221, AF&AM, American Legion Post #26, 32nd degree Master Mason through Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, 33rd degree Shriner; Elks Club, and Carpenter Local Union #4.

Bill was quiet, hardworking, and mechanically inclined. He enjoyed his naps, watching westerns, sitting on the deck watching and feeding humming birds, and the companionship of his dogs. He was a 40-year veteran of Bleyart’s Tap, where he enjoyed visiting with his friends.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Carol of Davenport, IA; three sons, Brian (Lisa) of Bettendorf, IA, Chad (Heather), of Ankeny, IA, and Jeff Nelson of Davenport; three daughters, Lisa (Jim) Metcalf of Fairfield, IA, Kathryn Clark of Altoona, IA, and Tracy Miller of Des Moines, IA; grandchildren, Zach, Amber, Ashley, Nicholas, Mackenzie, Steven, Emma, Madilyn, Kaitlin, Noah, Aiden; great-grandchildren, Kyle, and Nathan; beloved pets, Rufus and Bubba.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother J.D. Nelson.

Memorial services will be held at Mount Moriah, in Arbela, MO, at a later date.

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Memphis Democrat
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Memphis MO 63555
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