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Leonard G. Nelson
Leonard G. Nelson, 92, of Marinette, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1.
Born March 12, 1921 in Marinette to the late James and Caroline (Pearson) Nelson, whom immigrated to the United States from Sweden in 1901, he graduated from Marinette High School in 1939. Following graduation, he worked at Boreal Manufacturing and also served in the Civilian Conservation Corps camp in Dunbar contributing to the development of Goodman Park. He enlisted in the U. S. Coast Guard on Dec. 17, 1941, serving in the North African, Mediterranean and European theaters on LST-17, the Pacific theater on FS-394, and the Great Lakes on the USCGC Tahoma before being honorably discharged on Jan. 24, 1947. He returned to Marinette and married the former Marjorie Manske on Nov. 15, 1947. They celebrated 63 years of marriage prior to her death on Jan. 18, 2011. He was employed at Kargard and then became a painter, working for painting contractors of Detlefs, Burnett, Komp, Podolske and Allard before becoming self-employed and working with Ed Plym. He retired in 2001 at the age of 80.
A member of St. James Lutheran Church, American Legion Post 39, Wisconsin LST Association, and U.S. LST Association, he was honored to be able to participate in the Old Glory Honor Flight Mission XI to Washington D.C. on Oct. 8, 2011.
He is survived by a daughter, Susan Nelson, of Marinette; a son, Stephen (Patty) Nelson, of New Albany, Oh.; a granddaughter of New Albany, Oh.; a sister-in-law, Carol Manske, of Potsdam, N.Y. and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Ernie; three brothers, Edwin (Jeanette), Carl Cully (Lucille), and Ernie; two sisters, Ruth (Tony) Kollross and Esther (Vernon) Palm; father-in-law, Albert Manske; mother-in-law, Irene Manske; two brothers-in-law: Kenneth Manske and Leland Manske; and a sister-in-law, Beverly (Romer) Haggerstrom.
Friends called at Thielen Funeral Home, Marinette, on Friday, Jan. 3, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visitation continued at St. James Lutheran Church on Saturday, Jan. 4, after 10 a.m. until time of funeral services at 11 a.m. with Chaplain Darrel Diers officiating. Military honors followed by the Military 20-Year Club. Burial was in Forest Home Cemetery.