Charles Richard Nelson Sr., age 89, of Chillicothe, entered his Heavenly home on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria.
Richard was born on March 26, 1932 in Belvidere, IL to John and Lillian (Borden) Nelson. He married Elizabeth Crawford on June 19, 1954 and she preceded him in death in August of 1984. He later married Janice Chapman on December 25, 1985.
Surviving are his wife, Janice; his children, Christine (Keith) Thibo of East Peoria, IL, Charles (Teresa) Nelson of Easton, MD, Carolyn (James) Reigle of East Peoria, IL, Kerry (Kelly) Sutton of New Berlin, WI, Joy (Dan) Kurshner of Manitou Springs, CO, Cindy (Brian) Thiessen of LaSalle, Ontario, Canada, Jill Kaney of Colorado Springs, CO and Jodi (Dave) Shaleen of Hanahan, SC; 28 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one sister, and his first wife.
Richard received his Bachelor’s degree in Theological Studies and pastored four churches in Illinois, his last church being Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Henry, before retiring. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Chillicothe and served as Director of the Association of Independent Fundamental Baptist Churches of Illinois for many years. He retired in 2018.
The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, August 28, at 2:00 pm at the Calvary Baptist Church in Chillicothe, IL. Visitation will be at 1:00 pm prior to the service. A graveside service and burial will be held on Monday, August 30, at 2:00 pm at the Belvidere Cemetery in Belvidere, IL. Memorials in Richard’s name may be made to Calvary Baptist Church of Chillicothe. Online condolences may be made through www.weberhurdfuneralhome.com