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Russell K. Nelson
(04-15-1928 - 09-30-2017)

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Russell K. Nelson (Gus), 89, of Elgin, passed away on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Heritage Woods in South Elgin, surrounded by family. He was born on April 15, 1928 in Elgin, the son of Walter & Leta (Karsten) Nelson.
Russell attended Elgin High School and graduated with the class of 1946. He was a US Army Veteran having served during the Korean War. Russell was a POW during the Korean conflict and a recipient of the Purple Heart.
He is survived by his sons: Bradley (Julia) Nelson, Christopher (Cathy) Nelson; grandchildren: Ryan, Andy, Tom; and sister-in-law Jeanette Nelson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Clifford, sisters Kathryn and Phyllis.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 6, 2017 AT 11:00 AM in the Laird Funeral Home, Elgin. Burial will follow in Lakewood Memorial Park. Visitation will be held on Friday from 9:30 AM until the time of services in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial may be given to Harbor Light Hospice. For information 847-741-8800 www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com.

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