Nelson Bernard Newby, 72, died May 30. Born in Hartsburg, Illinois, in 1945, he graduated from Hartsburg-Emden High School in 1963. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he served from 1968–1969. Upon his return, he resumed working in Bloomington, Illinois, selling pianos and organs.
In November 1977, Newby and his family moved to Florida, where he began his career as owner of Central Music. As a Rodgers Instruments and Fratelli Ruffatti representative, he provided organs to churches across the United States and to the Caribbean Islands.
A funeral was held June 13 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Hartsburg, and he was buried with a military honor guard at Hartsburg Union Cemetery. Nelson Bernard Newby is survived by his wife, Kimberle Newby, son Timothy (Tara) Newby, grandson Alex Newby, sister Doris (Newby) Higdon, and brother Howard Newby.