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3/3/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
G. Edward Nelson
George Edward Nelson
G. Edward Nelson, 87, long-time East Aurora High School band director, formerly of DeWitt, died March 3, 2013.

Dieterle Memorial Home in Montgomery, Ill., was in charge of arrangements.

Edward was born in Valley Junction (now West Des Moines), July 17, 1925. He received his bachelor's degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., and his master's degree from the University of Iowa.

His teaching career spanned 37 years, starting in Rock Island in 1947, moving on to DeWitt in 1950 and then to Aurora in 1961. He retired in 1984.

Nelson was also active as a performer and played French horn in the Tri-city Symphony in Davenport 1948-1961 and in the Fox Valley Symphony from 1961 to 1975. He also played in the Clinton Orchestra during his teaching days in DeWitt. In addition to his high school band conducting, he also directed the Musician's Union Band in Clinton and the Roosevelt-Aurora Legion Band.

Nelson belonged to numerous professional and educational organizations, including: the American School Band Directors Association, the National Band Association as well as state and national organizations of the Music Educators Conference. He was a lifetime member of the National Education Association and an honorary lifetime member of the PTA. He was a member of the New England Congregational Church.

He served with the Marines in the Pacific and China during World War II and is a life member of both the American Legion and the Montgomery VFW Post 7452.

Survivors include his wife, LuAnn; daughters, Lori Nelson and Arla (Mike) Bywater of Texas; a son, Thron (Diana) Nelson of Bristol, Ill.; step-sons, Greg (Julitta) Gilbert of Millbrook, Ill., Jeff (Laurel) Gilbert, Lance and Brian Gilbert all of Colorado; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, five sisters and two grandchildren.

Memorial gifts may be directed to the music department of New England Congregational Church.

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