Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Allen Nelson

Apr 9th, 1945 - Jun 13th, 2020

     Allen G. “Brownie” Nelson, age 75, of Louisville, Illinois, and formerly of Dwight, passed away peacefully early Saturday morning, June 13, 2020, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, after extended declining health and entering Flora Gardens Care Center. 

     He was born April 9, 1945, in Morris, the son of the late Nels Peter Nelson and Chloe May (Hallam) Nelson.  He was formerly married to Judith A. Nelson, Karen A. Nelson, and Renee Nelson.

     Allen retired after working over 30 years at Caterpillar in Joliet.  He had been a member of the Dwight Lions Club and Dwight United Methodist Church.  Hunting and having his dog “Shorty” by his side were some of his favorite ways to spend time, along with his love for watching baseball, especially the St. Louis Cardinals.

     He is survived by his companion, Bonnie Moore of Louisville; 5 children: Peggy (Tyrone) McPherson of Joliet, and Lisa M. Cavanaugh, Kimeri (Darrin) Shull, Bill (Jodi) Nelson, and Jennifer L. Nelson, who are all of Dwight; 9 grandchildren: Amanda and R.J. Rodrick, Stephanie and Ryan Seifers, Austin and River Nelson, Felicia and Anthony Nelson, and Michael Michon; 4 great-grandchildren; a sister: Jan Harris of Dwight; as well as several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; a son: Thomas A. Nelson; former wife: Karen A. Nelson; special friend: Matt Swisher; 2 sisters: Betty Paxton and Iona Burkett; 4 brothers: Hershel, Leonard, Elwood, and Dean Melrose, and a special nephew: Michael Melton.

     Allen’s family plans a memorial service and open house in Dwight at a later date.  Memorial donations in his memory are suggested to the family.  Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora assisted with arrangements.  To share a condolence or memory, visit: