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Richard "Dick" Nelson

July 9, 1945 — April 28, 2018

Richard “Dick” Nelson, 72, of Rockford, passed away April 28, 2018 in Durand at Medina Manor Nursing Home. Born July 9, 1945 in Rockford; he was the son of Helge and Harriet (Ramsby) Nelson. He married Rosalie Giacomazzo-Bufalo on June 28, 1995 in Rockford.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Dick attended East High School and retired from Ingersoll Machine Tools Inc. after more than 20 years of employment.
Survivors include his wife, Rosalie Nelson; children, Jeffrey (Beth) Nelson and Elisa (Richard) Laumb; step-daughter, Jodi Carey; sisters, Joan Niehaus and Peggy Lineman; brothers, Jack (Connie) Nelson and Tom (Jan) Nelson; grandchildren, Quinton Liebl, Anabeth Black and Summer Nelson; step-grandson, Alex Carey; great-grandchildren, Grace and Klay Black and Kelbi Liebl; a special life-long friend, Milt Aaby.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Helge and Harriet “Ginger” Nelson.
Many thanks to the staff of Medina Manor Nursing Home in Durand, IL; for the wonderful care you provided for Dick.
A Celebration of Life for Dick will be held on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. at the St. Ambrogio Club, 802 Montague Street, Rockford. Arrangements entrusted to Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory, Mulford Chapel. Online condolences may be submitted at

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