Larry J. Nelson

Born: Thu., Nov. 19, 1942
Died: Sat., Nov. 12, 2016

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Fri., Nov. 18, 2016
Location: Crest Haven Memorial Park

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Mr. Larry J Nelson 73 of Olney, Illinois, died Saturday Nov. 12, 2016 at his home in Olney, following a brief illness. Larry was born in Olney, IL Nov. 19, 1942 the son of Albert and Ruth (Burgin) Nelson and graduated East Richland High School in 1961 lettering in football, baseball, and track. He was a member of the Evansville and Decatur Herald All-Star Team and a 2 yr. All Conference Football player. After graduation, he entered the military serving in the Army from 1961-1964. Larry was stationed at Fort Leonardwood, Mo; Fort Riley, Ks; and Fulda, Germany with the 1st Div. (Big Red One) of the 3rd Armored Division. Larry graduated from the NCO Academy and was discharged with the rank of SGT. E-5. Following his discharge, Larry worked for the Centralia Cartage Company from 1964-1966 and the Elks Lodge #926 from 1966 to1969. He married Sharon Bible from Louisville, IL. In 1966. Larry joined the Olney Police Department and was promoted to Sergeant Investigator, SGT of the Traffic Division.  He received numerous awards and recognition during his 15 yrs as a police officer (Officer of the Month and Officer of the year).

Larry was a graduate of Olney Central College, University of Illinois Police Academy, Indiana State University Correctional Officer Academy, and the University of North Florida Law Enforcement Management Program.
1984-1990, he owned and operated L&S Lawn Service having contract accounts with CIPS, UPS, GTE, and Marathon Oil Company.

Larry worked as a Staff Development Coordinator and Firearms Instructor with the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility between 1995-2003. He transferred to the Lawrence Correctional Center from 2003-2005 as an Instructor for Lincoln Trail College.

In 2005, Larry and Sharon retired to Ormond Beach, Florida. He worked part time as a security officer and continued to freelance with photography. Deteriorating health brought him back to Olney in 2015.  He is survived by his wife of 50 years Sharon (Bible) Nelson, Olney; a daughter Stephanie of Virginia; and sons David and Steve of Shiloh, Illinois. He is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Ruth Nelson; two sisters, Barbara Burtner and Margie Harmon. Larry was a member of the B. P. O. Elks Club #926; American Legion Post # 30 and The Elm Street Christian Church all of Olney, IL.

What a joy it is for us to have wonderful memories years of living with Larry J. Nelson in our lives. And to move into this stage of life with contentment for today and hope for tomorrow.

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 am Friday November 18, 2016 In the Chapel at Crest Haven Memorial Park, rural Olney, IL with Tom Fehrenbacher and Gary Stealy as celebrants. Interment of cremated remains will follow services at a later date. Anyone wishing to do so may make a contribution in Larry’s memory to Hospice of Southeastern Illinois with envelopes available at the memorial service.

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David Null
   Posted Wed November 16, 2016
Tuesday November 15, 2016

Nelson Family:

Words are not enough to express how sorry I am for your loss. I have prayed to God to provide you the strength and courage you need in order to handle this difficult moment successfully.

Steve's Friend

David Null
Marion, Illinois

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