John H. Nelson

Sep 20, 1931 - Nov 01, 2020

John H. Nelson

September 20, 1931 - November 01, 2020


John H. Nelson, age 89, of Quincy, died Sunday, November 1, 2020, in Good Samaritan Home in Quincy, IL.

John was born September 20, 1931 in Frankford, Missouri, the son of John and Elsie May Ruby Nelson. On October 24, 1964 he married Donna J. Loos Barker in Calvary Baptist Church. She survives. The Nelsons recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary.

He was a graduate of Hannibal High School and for 40 years worked as a truck driver for Western Ready Mix. John and Donna are long time members of Calvary Baptist Church where he was a former Deacon and Sunday School teacher. He was an avid outdoorsman, love gardening, reading, and spending time with his family.

Survivors in addition to his wife include: five daughters, Vera Lynn Nelson of St. Louis, MO, Carla Kay (Jon) Morrison of Collinsville, IL, Lisa (Tim) Terwelp of Mendon, IL, Erin (Nathaniel) Kealen of Pana, IL, and Mary Beth (Kip) Brumbaugh of Quincy; two sons, Steve (Joy) Barker and John "JC" (Sarah) Barker both of Pittsfield, IL; 18 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; a sister, Leona (Leo) Hill of Hannibal, MO; and several nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by: his parents; his first wife, Loretta Clevenger; a granddaughter, Laura Brumbaugh; and two sisters, Betty Greer and Bonnie Dohrn and their husbands, Gene Greer and Kenneth Dohrn.

Services: 11:00 am Saturday, November 7, 2020 at Calvary Baptist Church, with Pastor Nathaniel Kealen, Rev. Mark Stamper, and Rev. Josh Vahle officiating. Please wear a face mask if you plan to attend. Burial will follow at Quincy Memorial Park.

Visitation: 4 - 7 pm Friday, November 6, and for one hour prior to the service on Saturday, November 7, in Calvary Baptist Church. Please wear a face mask if you plan to attend.

Memorials: Calvary Baptist Church. Memorial donations may be made online at

Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.


Fri, Nov 6, 2020 at 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Calvary Baptist Church

1825 State St.
Quincy, IL 62301

Sat, Nov 7, 2020 at 11:00 am
Calvary Baptist Church

1825 State St.
Quincy, IL 62301

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