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Norman R. Nelson “Rhubarb The Clown”

Posted: Thursday, Dec 20th, 2012

MOUNT MORRIS — Norman R. Nelson “Rhubarb The Clown”, age 87, died December 16, 2012 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mount Morris, IL.  Norm was born May 22, 1925 in Morris, IL the son of Roy & Anna (Hejlek) Nelson. 

Norman graduated from Morris High School class of 1943.  Norm enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943 before graduating from high school.  He served in the Italian Campaign; earning a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star with a Cluster. 

Norm married Virginia Stouffer July 17, 1954 in Mount Morris.  Norm worked as an Optician for Dr. Kortmeier, he worked for Stouffer Poultry Farm and Hatchery, Mount Morris as a Sales Rep., and he then went to the Mount Morris Post Office working as a Clerk. He was an amateur Ventriloquist, and White Faced Clown.  He also was a Ogle County Master Gardener. 

Norm is survived by Virginia Nelson, Mount Morris; Son: Jeffrey Norman (Kathy) Nelson, Huntsville, AL; Daughter: Kristin (David) Sible, Byron; Grandchildren: Rachel, Lauren, Christopher, and Connor Sible, Byron.  Sister: Dorothy Anstett, Peoria.

Norm is preceded in death by Parents.

Memorial services were held on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in St. James Lutheran Church, Forreston, with Rev. Steven Erickson officiating.  Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery, Mount Morris.  Visitation was on Thursday, December 20, 2012 in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mount Morris from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Memorials to St. James Lutheran Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, and the Loaves and Fishes, “Pet Pantry.” 

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