Richard W. "Rich" Nelson

February 3, 1947 - January 11, 2021

Richard W.


Richard W. “Rich” Nelson, 73 of Belvidere, IL passed away after a sudden illness on January 11, 2021 in his home. He was born on February 3, 1947 in Belvidere, IL to Robert and Hazel (Lapp) Nelson. Rich married his loving wife of 50 years, Gail Lee, in 1970 in Belvidere, IL. He worked as an over the road truck driver for Belvedere Company for over 35 years. Rich loved riding Harley’s and looking at old trucks. He was the ultimate family handyman; he could fix anything and everything. Rich especially loved his daughters and loved spending time with them. He will be missed by all those who knew him.

Rich will be dearly missed by his wife, Gail; daughters, Heather and Wendy Nelson; sister, Chris (Richard) Bjork; brother-in-law, Gary Lee; niece, Kerrie Floyd; nephew, Brian Lee; and niece, Andrea Leseberg.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Hazel and his brother, Rodney Nelson.

All services are private. Cremation rites have been accorded. To leave the family a memory, please visit

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We were so sorry to hear of Rich’s passing. Jim has such happy memories of spending time and talking TRUCKS with Rich. Prayers for you Gail and your daughters.

Jim and Dianna Gray 2021-01-18T17:35:15

Gail, Heather and Wendy. So sorry for your loss of a very good man. His family was everything to him. Cherish your memories. Prayers for the family.

Terry and Linda Trimble. 2021-01-17T23:22:10

Our sincerest condolences and sympathies for your loss.

Value Added Distributors, LLC 2021-01-15T07:59:54

Gail,Heather, Wendy and Family,
Gai, Heather, and Wendy, and Family,
Gail, Heather & Wendy,
We just learned this morning of Rich’s passing . We shed tears and can’t tell you how sorry we are to hear the news. Just yesterday we found a picture of Bob and Rich on their motor cycles down state street in Belvidere . So many good memories ! Please let us know if there is anything you need .
Love, Bob, Mary,Brian & Family.

Bob, Mary and Brian

Bob Wilson , Mary Wilson, Brian Wilson and family. 2021-01-13T09:35:40

So very sorry Gail, Heather, Wendy and family. Rich will be missed by so many. His laughter and smile filled a room. Hugs and love to all of you. John, Anita, Cebe and family

Anita Feltes 2021-01-12T17:26:46

We are so sorry for your loss.. Heaven just gained another angel…Dear Family, we are keeping you all in our prayers.. Sending our love,

Jeff & Janie Nilsen🙏🏼🙏🏼

Jeff & Janie Nilsen 2021-01-12T17:25:29

Dear Gail,Wendy,Heather,Gary and all the family, such sad news for you all. Will be remembering you in our prayers.

Rick &Linda Ferguson 2021-01-12T17:00:00

Gail and family,
So sorry to hear of Rich’s passing. Out thoughts and prayers are with all. As days go by, may your sorrows turn into happy memories,
Hugs to all

Candy & Ted Koelling 2021-01-12T16:38:36

Sending love and condolences. Until we all meet again may your memories and love comfort you . Blessings

Michelle Long 2021-01-12T15:49:26

This makes me so very sad. Rich was an awesome person and a wonderful cousin. I love and will miss him so much!
So rry for your loss Gail, Heather,Wendy& Chris!!!

Lynda 2021-01-12T15:33:28

Sorry to hear of your loss Gail.

Mike and Barb Lee 2021-01-12T15:29:24

We are So Sorry Xoxo to U All ❤️🙏❤️🙏He Will be Missed by Many ✝️😇

Heather Rubeck n Darrell Armstrong 2021-01-12T13:29:41

So very sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May the many wonderful memories you have help ease the pain of your loss. 🙏🙏🙏

Marcia Rhode Schultz 2021-01-12T12:44:04

Dear Gail,Heather and Wendy. We are so sorry to hear about Rich. We was absolutely the greatest guy Dad and husband. We will miss all the great times riding up at Tomahawk with Rich and Gary Yerk and all the family and friends. Ride on forever with the wind in your back

Kelly and Cindy Yamaoka 2021-01-12T12:42:56

Condolences to Rich’s family and friends, he was a great friend to all.

Bud Diamond 2021-01-12T11:55:12

My deepest sympathies and prayers are with you. Will miss seeing this old boy at the garage sales. Meet you another day at the big truck stop Rich.

Percy Gordon 2021-01-12T10:45:57

Dear Gail, my condolences. I was so saddened to hear about the loss of Richard.

Richard will stay ageless in the memories of those who loved him. All the memories of wonderful times together at the Nilsen reunions will be ours forever.

Caryl Hay (daughter of Gene & Norma Nilsen)

Caryl Hay 2021-01-12T10:34:37

So very sorry for your loss. I met Rich years ago, at Belvedere Company. Always a great guy. He will surely be missed.

Jo Ellen Coleman 2021-01-12T09:59:38

Heather, Gail and Wendy – I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I am keeping you in my heart and prayers for strength and peace at this sad time. Keep your beautiful memories close. ❤️

Nancy Hearn 2021-01-12T07:43:28

I an shocked and heartbroken. I loved my cousin, Rich, with all my heart. He was just the coolest guy ever. Love and prayers to Gail, Heather and Wendy. I love you. Lori

Lori Nilsen 2021-01-12T07:09:02

My deepest and most sincere thoughts and condolences go out to all of you.

Todd Yurs 2021-01-12T02:40:08

Heather I am so very sorry for the loss of your dad. He was a wonderful man and always made me laugh. Praying for you, your mom, and sister in the days and weeks ahead.

Diane Hawkins 2021-01-11T23:56:52

Sorry to hear about Rich’s passing. My condolences to the family.

Nancy Lee 2021-01-11T23:35:24

Sorry to hear this, condolences to everyone.

Dick Countryman 2021-01-11T21:56:10

So very sorry to hear of Rich’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.🙏🙏🙏❤❤❤Kathy & Jerry

Kathy & Jerry Schwebke 2021-01-11T21:48:19

Our condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Deeply saddened.
Mark & Pat Flood

Mark Flood 2021-01-11T21:34:32

We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers for the whole family. Always cherish your memories.

Terry and Linda Trimble. 2021-01-11T20:46:49

Gail, Heather, Wendy and family,
We are so sad and sorry to hear of Your loss. Rich was such a great guy, so full of life! He will be missed by so many. Much love from our entire family. John,Anita, Cebe and family.

Anita Feltes 2021-01-11T20:02:53

So sorry for your loss❤️

Valli Jo Rubeck 2021-01-11T19:45:23

I know Lyle just called and talked to you but wanted to say again how very sorry we are. Such a shock. We are holding you close in our hearts in thought and prayer. Much love to you all.

Lyle and Patti Lee 2021-01-11T19:30:30

Thinking of you & your family. My condolences to all!

Katie (Blatchford) DiNicola 2021-01-11T19:24:34

My condolences to family & friends. He was a great friend and school mate.

Dennis Peaslee 2021-01-11T18:47:48


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