ORION, Ill. — Funeral services for Joshua “Josey” David Nelson, 37, of Orion, IL, will be held 10 a.m. Friday at Christ the King Catholic Church, Moline, IL. Burial will be at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, where East Moline American Legion Post 227 will conduct military honors. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Van Hoe Funeral Home Ltd., East Moline. Joshua died Tuesday, May 13, 2008, on Bainbridge Island, WA, after a brief illness.

Josh was born June 14, 1970, in Frankfurt, Germany, the son of John Nelson and Kathleen Kelly. He was a Gulf War veteran serving two tours of duty as a ranger in the U.S. Army. After attending Illinois State University he pursued a career in restaurant management. He married Cassandra Delatorre January 30, 2004. Josey had a passion for reading and gourmet cooking. His inviting personality touched many lives and he will long be remembered for his unique sense of humor and his warm smile by those who loved him.

Those left to honor his memory include his sons, Jordyn M. Martin and Jacob D. Nelson; fiancee, Stephanie (Fillman) Curtis of Orion; parents, Kathleen (Brake) Kelly of Moline, IL, and John Nelson of Springfield, IL; brother, Justin Nelson of Moline, IL.

An infant son, John Patrick Nelson, preceded him in death. In lieu of flowers and gifts, a memorial fund has been established for his sons’ college education.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.vanhoe.com.

Death date: May 13, 2008