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Ben Nelson

April 3, 1965 ~ July 18, 2017 (age 52)

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July 22, 2017

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Hamilton Funeral Home
200 Orchard Street
Augusta, IL 62311

Funeral Service
July 23, 2017

2:00 PM
Bowen Christian Church
2336 IL-61
Bowen, IL 62316

Ben Nelson, 52, of rural Carthage, Illinois died at 11:45 pm Tuesday July 18, 2017 at his home.


He was born on April 3, 1965 in Quincy, IL to Carol “Mike” and Arlis Cain Nelson. He married Becky Martin on February 18, 1995 at the Bowen Christian Church. She survives.


Ben had previously been employed as the service manager at Martin and Sullivan John Deere Inc in Carthage. He was a 1983 graduate of Southeastern High School and attended Spoon River College in Canton. Ben was a member of the Bowen Christian Church. He enjoyed hunting and was a strong supporter of the FFA and 4-H.


He is survived by three daughters, Sarah, Hannah and Emma Nelson all of Carthage, Il, 2 brothers, Mark Nelson of Quincy, IL and Joe (Debbie) Nelson of Bowen, IL, 2 sisters, Ruth (David) Harrison of Carthage, IL and Rose (Rick) Bergles of Colorado Springs, CO, his father and mother-in-law, Lloyd and Judy Martin of Colchester, IL and sister-in-law, Karina Moore and brother-in-law, Len Cain of Chatham, IL and numerous nieces and nephews survive.


He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, George Nelson.


Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday July 23, 2017 at the Bowen Christian Church by Rev. Tom Mehaffy. Visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 Saturday at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Augusta, IL. Burial will be in Elvaston cemetery. Memorials may be made to his family or the Bowen Christian Church.


The Hamilton Funeral Home in Augusta, IL is handling arrangements.

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