Danny Nelson was a father, a son and a husband from Princeton, Illinois who was a small town kid through and through. He loved his little hometown of Princeton so much that when he graduated from St. Ambrose college, he decided to move back home and begin his adult life there. I 2013 Danny married his wife, Rachel. They would go on to have a child together three years later named Sadie Elizabeth. Danny had many hobbies and interests, but he was most passionate about golf, hunting, spending time with his friends and family and giving back to the community he held so dear to his heart.

On October 11, 2016 Danny’s life was tragically taken when he collided with a semi truck head-on while driving to pick up lunch for his coworkers and himself. Danny’s passing rocked Princeton and the surrounding communities, but the outpouring of support has been nearly overwhelming and truly unbelievable. Family, friends and even strangers have rallied together to support Danny’s family in these devastatingly trying times. Danny wasn’t one to shy away from lending a helping hand, either, and thats why the goal of the Danny Nelson Memorial Fund is to continue Danny’s spirit of caring, loving and giving back to his community. Danny’s huge heart will live on through the Danny Nelson Memorial Fund. 

In honor of Danny and his giving spirit, his friends have organized the Danny Nelson Memorial Golf Outing on September 10 at the Chapel Hill Golf Course and Event Center in Princeton, Illinois. All proceed of the event will be placed in the Danny Nelson Memorial Fund and distributed to the town of Princeton to be used in the community that Danny was so found of. The outing will of course include a round of golf, but will also include a “Duck Drop”, free-throw competition and a silent auction. The “Duck Drop” is an event where ticket holders sign their name to the bottom of a rubber ducky they can purchase for $2. Patrons may also buy 3 ducks for $5. All the ducks are collected and dropped from a helicopter onto a designated area where a flag has been placed. The person’s duck that lands the closest to the flag is the winner of the 50/50 prize.Tickets to this memorial are available now for $65 a person or $260 per team. The ticket price includes access to everything mentioned above as well as the cost of lunch. For more information regarding the Danny Nelson Memorial Golf Outing and how to register for the event, contact Michael at (309) 238-1718 or Ben at (815) 878-6648. If you cannot make the golf outing or just wish to donate to the Danny Nelson Memorial Fund, click the donate button at the top of this page. Visit this link to RSVP to the Facebook event that has been created for the golf outing. 

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