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Johnny D. Nelson, 86, of Rockford, died December 13, 2015 in his home. Born April 20, 1929 in Rockford the son of Harold P. and Esther C. (Stohlquist) Nelson. Graduate of Belvidere High School class of 1947. Married Barbara E. Strack on June 10, 1949 in Rockford. Johnny made sales his profession. He was a member of Alpine Lutheran Church where he served on many committees including the soup kitchen. He was also a charter member of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra.
Survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Dewaine (Carol) Nelson of Schaumburg, Elaine Malzahn of Reynoldsburg, OH, Diane (Dr. Ralph) Dirksen of Macomb, and Joanne (Gary) McCue of Dover, PA; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Marjorie Blake and Charlotte Houtz; and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brothers, Arnold and Everett; sister-in-law, Joyce Mathison; and son-in-law, Rev. John Malzahn.
Memorial services will be at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Alpine Lutheran Church, 5001 Forest View Ave. with Pastor Dan Wynard . Memorial visitation will be form 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. prior to the service in the church. Memorials may be made to Alpine Lutheran Church.

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