Edward Wade Nelson, Jr., 70, died on July, 25, 2017, after a six-month battle with bladder cancer, at his Chicago home surrounded by his family. 

Born Feb. 10, 1947 in Rockford, he grew-up in Oak Park and River Forest, graduating from St. Luke’s and Fenwick High School. He went on to Rutgers University, transferred, and then graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia. 

Mr. Nelson was a creative writer and political journalist and wrote for the Pioneer Press and the Chicago Daily News. When the Daily News folded, the family headed east where he wrote for the Baltimore Sun, then moving into more political ventures. 

His resume included working for Sen. Alan Dixon and later, as speechwriter, for Mayor Richard Daley. His passions included music, travelling, the Cubs, reading, architecture and his family. 

Mr. Nelson is survived by his wife, Ellen; his sons, Ted (Sarah) and Emmett; his grandchild, Edward Wade Nelson IV; his siblings, Ted (Terry) Nelson and Karen Nelson; and his many cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward W. Nelson and Helen M. Nelson. 

A memorial service is being planned for October at Oak Park’s Unity Temple. Interment will be at a later date in White Pigeon Cemetery, Michigan.

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