MARVIN H. NELSON
MARVIN H. NELSON
Marvin H. Nelson, our adored father and grandfather, of Lake Amnicon, Wis., passed into the great hereafter on Father's Day, June 15, 2014 after a brief illness.
Marvin was one of the last of The Greatest Generation. He was born in Superior, Wis., during Prohibition and on the verge of The Great Depression, into a family of Swedish immigrants. His father, Clarence Richard Nelson, was a railroad engineer. His beloved mother, Mary (Sjogren), died when he was a young boy. He and his brother, Gail, helped raise his young sister, Delloris (Doyle), while their father traveled the country with the railroad. The family lived on a farm near Lake Amnicon and Four Corners. During the Depression, Marvin rented out boats on Lake Amnicon, logged with his father, uncle and brother, and worked in Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps, helping build Pattison Park. Marvin came of age during World War II, wedding Eileen in 1942, just prior to leaving for service in the Pacific Theatre. He served with the 96th Division Signal Corp. He helped secure Leyte in The Philippines and was among the first Americans to land on Okinawa, at 8:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945.
After his service, Marvin returned to Superior to raise his family. They moved to Racine where he worked with Wisconsin Power. They returned to Superior in 1951 for a short time and then moved to Duluth, where he worked as a lineman and foreman with Minnesota Power until he and Eileen retired to Lake Amnicon in 1983.
Marvin was not a religious man, but powerfully spiritual as a believer in the supremacy of Mother Nature. He was an acute observer of human nature and a life-long conservationist. His sons-in-law were especially attuned to his claims regarding the superior qualities of women. He respected Native American history and traditions. He had a taste for chocolate, and the occasional shot and a beer. Aware of his wry sense of humor and the twinkle in his blue eyes, at gatherings people would seek out Marvin. In his senior years, his Saturday nights were devoted to old time country music on WOJB. He is remembered for his blue jeans, sweatshirts and red suspenders. He was taken care of in his last months and years especially by his beloved granddaughters, Natalie Korpi, Jackie Vavrosky and Jona Johnson, and his daughters, Robin and Rosmarie, and was also attended by his more geographically distant children as much as possible. Marvin has been described as a "prince" and that he was, and so much more.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 59 years, Eileen (Pettit); his son Marvin Jr., and his daughter Pamela Nelson (Bruce) Sommer, both of Jacksonville, Fla. He said no man should ever be preceded in death by his wife or children.
He leaves behind his children, Rosmarie (John) Helling, Peggy, Richard (Sheryl), Robin (Rick) Johnson and Steven; 18 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and a great-grandson due in November.
VISITATION: 12 Noon until 2 p.m. in Downs Funeral Home 19th & Ogden on Friday. Burial will be held at 3 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in Solon Springs. A light supper will follow after the burial in the Solon Springs community center. Military honors will be accorded by the Gordon American Legion Post No. 499.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers Memorials to the WOJB Endowment - Marvin H. Nelson, Sr. This is the community radio station of the Lac Courte Oreilles band of Lake Superior Ojibwe (Chippewa), WOJB 88.9 FM, 13386 W. Trepania Road, Hayward, WI 55843. (715) 634-2100. WOBJFM@WOJB.ORG.