Dummerston - Nelson H. Jillson, 80, a longtime resident of Dummerston, passed away on June 27, 2019 with his wife by his side after a brief illness.
He was predeceased by his parents, Elba and Lucy (Rogers) Jillson and by his sisters, Marion Jillson and Rita Griffin.
He is survived by his siblings, Janice Jillson of Rio Rancho, NM, Lucinda Adams of Springfield, VT and Nancy Dulac of Barre, VT. Nelson also leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Maralyn; his sons, Victor (fiancée Jen) and Kurt (wife LeeAnn); and his daughters, Ann (husband Harry), Denise (husband Rob), and Bonnie. Additionally, he leaves behind several nieces and nephews, 6 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.
Nelson graduated from Vermont Technical College in Randolph, Vt. in 1957. He traveled with his young family to work on several farms. He was breeding cows for Eastern when he moved his family to Dummerston in 1968. He was a jack of all trades. He went on to work at Rod’s Mobil as a mechanic, the Dummerston School as a janitor, and then worked for Agway for over 20 years. He later moved on to Universal and then RN Johnson for a brief time. He began his own business, Jillson’s Dairy Service, in 2001 after he retired!
He was a hard-working man. For many years he made sure that other farmers could keep their farms running, so they could enjoy farming as much as he did. He also had a working dairy farm called Whitney Lane Farm that he ran with his family since 1985.
He served his community as a school board member, a justice of the peace, and a fence viewer for several years. Nelson was also a member of the Farm Bureau, serving on the board and the scholarship committee. His beliefs of the simple yet hard working ways shined through with everything he did.
A celebration of life will be held at the Evening Star Grange, 1008 East West Road in Dummerston on Saturday, July 13th from 2 to 4 p.m.
His burial will be held in Prosper Cemetery, Prosper Road in Woodstock, Vt. at 2:00 pm on Sunday, July 14th.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to the Windham County Farm Bureau, 44 Hemlock Hill Drive, Dummerston, VT 05301 or to the Jack Byrne Center, D-H Geisel Office of Development, 1 Medical Center Drive HB7070, Lebanon, NH 03756 Attn: Jason Naugler.