Nelson, Thomas Andrew

Nelson, Thomas Andrew

December 14, 1952 – August 30, 2016
Age 63 of St. Paul, died of cancer on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, at home surrounded by his loving family. Tom was born on Dec. 14, 1952, in Monmouth, IL, to Leith and Mary (Murphy) Nelson. He married his wife, Dianne, in 1975 and was a loving father and grandfather to son Brian, his wife Elena and their two children Cecilia and Henry, Kate and her husband Bryan Nuckols, and John and his fiancé Alexandra Benejam. Tom is survived by one sister, Mary (Gerald) Bevington; one brother, John (Gail) Nelson of Phoenix, AZ; and several loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Leith Nelson. Tom was an ecologist and at the time of his death he was the Dean of the college of Science at Metropolitan State University. Tom loved his family, his animals (especially corgis), gardening, traveling and spending time in nature. Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton IL. Visitation will be prior to the service, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed the Memorial Scholarship Endowment for Dr. Thomas Nelson at YouCaring.com www.youcaring.com/thomasnelson (Published in Pioneer Press on Sept. 4, 2016)