Leonard G. Nelson, 92, of Marinette, passed away on Wednesday, January 1, 2014. He was born March 12, 1921 to the late James and Caroline (Pearson) Nelson in Marinette.
Leonard's parents immigrated to the United States from Sweden in 1901. He graduated from Marinette High School in 1939. Following high school, he worked at Boreal Manufacturing as well as serving in the Civilian Conservation Corps camp in Dunbar contributing to the development of Goodman Park. He enlisted in the United States Coast Guard on December 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 January 24, 1947 and returning to Marinette. He was employed at Kargard before taking up the painting trade and working for a number of painting contractors over the years including: Detlefs, Burnett, Komp, Podolske, and Allard before becoming self-employed as well as working with Ed Plym. He retired in 2001 at the age of 80. Leonard married the former Marjorie Manske on November 15, 1947 and they celebrated 63 years of marriage prior to her death on January 18, 2011. He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, American Legion Post 39, Wisconsin LST Association, and U.S. LST Association. Leonard was honored to be able to participate in the Old Glory Honor Flight Mission XI to Washington D.C. on October 8, 2011.
Leonard is survived by a daughter, Susan Nelson of Marinette; a son, Stephen (Patty) Nelson of New Albany, Ohio; a granddaughter, Katie Burtis of New Albany, Ohio; 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 one 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 one sister-in-law, Beverly (Romer) Haggerstrom.
Friends may call at the Thielen Funeral Home, Newberry Ave., Marinette, on Friday, January 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. Additional time of visitation will be held at St. James Lutheran Church, on Saturday, January 4, 2014 after 10 a.m. until time of service. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. With Chaplain Darrel Diers officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Military 20-Year Club following the service.
Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery.