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CARBONDALE — Lloyd George “Whistler” Nelson II, of Carbondale, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019.

He was born on Jan. 9, 1953, in Tower City, Pennsylvania, to Lloyd George and Bessie (Thurston) Nelson.

Lloyd married Cindy Gerrish at Devil's Kitchen on Oct. 18, 1980.

He attended Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, for his undergraduate studies, then to SIUC for his master's in Zoology. While at SIUC, he was PA teaching in waterfowl.

He was employed for a short time in North Dakota with the Department of Natural Resources before returning to Southern Illinois. He was employed with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office as the animal control officer for over 38 years.

Lloyd played, coached and umpired softball, was the organizer for the Murphysboro District Park numerous softball leagues for over 30 years. He coached women's co-ed, Miss-n-Hitters and women's Hit-n-Misses for over 40 years. He was the founder of Southern Illinois Select Allstar High School Girls Fast Pitch Softball game. He was vice president of USA/ASA, director of men's D and E state tournament, and in 2019, was inducted into the USA/ASA State Hall of Fame.

He was an IHSA football referee for over 30 years, and a strong supporter of Southern Illinois Special Olympics for 35-plus years.

He was also an avid hunter and fisherman, but his passion was rabbit hunting with his special friend, Scott Hale, and their beagles.

Lloyd is survived by his wife, Cindy, and his dog, Lucy. He is also survived by his USA/ASA Family and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; special companions, Barney, Coli, Foxy, Mollie, Rufus and his special Rosie.

A Celebration of Life will be at a later date, hosted by the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to SI Select to the Lloyd Nelson Scholarship Fund and/or to S.I. Special Olympics.

“Heaven is fixin to have one hell of a softball league!!”

Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

For more information or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.crainsonline.com.

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