Official Obituary of

Deane Arthur Nelson

August 1, 1946 ~ February 15, 2024 (age 77) 77 Years Old

Deane Nelson Obituary

Deane Arthur Nelson passed away peacefully on February 15, 2024 surrounded by his loving children.
Deane was born to Andrew Gilbert Nelson II and Madeline Idell (Johnson) Nelson on August 1, 1946. He was the middle child, with older brother Alan and younger sister Lorene. Tragically, Alan passed away when Deane was 3.
Deane graduated from the University of Illinois and was a lifelong Illini basketball fan. He married his college sweetheart, Molly McNamara, and then promptly joined the Marine Corps to serve his country during Vietnam. He was discharged with honor at the rank of 1st Lieutenant. Deane and Molly had 3 children: Amy Elizabeath (Nelson) Conner, Andrew Gilbert Nelson III, and Elizabeth (Betsy) Lorene Nelson.
It is difficult to sum up this man in a few short paragraphs. He was an athlete - he played rugby, hockey, golf, and volleyball. There was always a Big 10 basketball game on, unless it was Rugby Season. Illini or All Blacks, there was always a match to watch.
He was a brilliant man of numbers. His professional life consisted of investing millions of dollars on behalf of corporations and unions. His personal life consisted of teaching his children algebra and logic in elementary school. His children often joked that he was the only surviving member of the Blaise Pascal fan club.
He was a man of music. All of it. Basie, Monk, Beethoven, Simone, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, 50s Crime Jazz Soundtracks, folk, and always Hans Ziimmer. Anything pushing musical boundaries with genius, attitude, and beauty. Never less than 3 full ipods organized by style. While all of these artists were played constantly, Sundays were for Classical Music (except Mozart. He was a bore).
He was a creative man. He picked up the hobby of woodworking in the 1980s and took to it like a fish to water. He had every tool known to man, and usually a spare. Molly used to joke that she could point to a picture in a catalog and he would make it for her. His pieces will be loved and enjoyed by his family for generations.
Food. If you’re talking about Deane, you need to talk about food. Deane had a love of hot peppers and chorizo that the world will never see again. When he cooked dinner for the family, we would have to ask “is that normal spicy, or Deane spicy”. If the answer was Deane spicy - stay away! Just as in Alice of Wonderland, Deane distrusted anyone who didn’t like black pepper. Deane would cook dinner for the entire family every sunday. He delighted in finding new and interesting recipes to feed everyone. He was always on the lookout for culinary novelties. He made his own dry spice blends and flavored oils because nothing else on the market was flavorful enough. He was an adventurous chef, and his family loved his experiments.
His children will miss his sunday quizzes, his jokes, his unwavering support, and the weekly treasures from his ipod. He was truly a unique and remarkable man,

 Deane is survived by his 3 children, his sister Lorene (Nelson) Sullian, and his grandson Michael Andrew Conner. Fredrick and Son McClure-Utt Funeral Homes Vincennes Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements. 

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