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


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