Danny W. Nelson, 66, of Mount Vernon, Illinois, passed away at 8:51 am September 20, 2021 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon.
He was born December 14, 1954 in Mount Vernon, Illinois to the late Vern and Alma (Troxtell) Nelson.
Danny is survived by his sons, Preston Nelson and fiancée, Shaghayegh Karami of Mount Vernon, Illinois, Taylor Nelson of Mount Vernon, Illinois, Kyle Nelson of Mount Vernon, Illinois; grandchildren, Elliana Grace and Kruzick Nelson; brother, Gregg Nelson and wife, Bev of Woodlawn, Illinois; brother-in-law, Chuck Behrle of Dubois, Illinois; beloved cat, Graybee; and mother of his children, Carol (Friar) Adams of Benton, Illinois.
In addition to his parents, Danny was preceded in death by his siblings, Beverly Damerow, Linda Behrle, and Eugene Nelson. Mr. Nelson was a member of Central Christian Church and worked as a hearing instrument specialist with Southwestern Hearing Centers in Saint Louis.
He was a jail minister at numerous county jails. Danny was an avid golfer, although his outings frequently turned into hunting and fishing trips.
Danny graduated from MVTHS and attended one semester at Rend Lake College where he claimed to major in attendance. He once had aspirations to run for county board, but was told to run instead for the county line. Danny loved reading his Bible to his children and grandchildren, who he raised to become religious STL Cardinals fans. He also followed Rams football and U of I basketball. He started every morning in his living room with bold coffee and prayer. He is loved and respected by many.
A Visitation will be held Monday, September 27, 2021 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Newell Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois. A Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 10:30 am at Newell Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois with Mr. Randy Sells officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn, Illinois. Memorials may be made in Danny’s honor to Voice of the Martyrs.Call Newell Funeral Home at 618-246-0100 or visit newellfuneralhome.com for further information.