Stanley H. "Swede" Nelson(1921 - 2014)

Nelson, Stanley H. "Swede"

Stanley H. "Swede" Nelson, 92, of Florissant, MO, formerly of Green Bay, WI, Cheyenne, WY, and Horseshoe Bend, AR died Friday, February 21, 2014, in Florissant. He was born March 18, 1921, in Isle, MN, to Lars A. and Ellen Nilson and was one of seven children. In 1939 Stanley graduated from Isle High School and completed his certified machinist training from Dunwoody Industrial Institute, Minneapolis, MN in 1941.

Stanley married Marie E. Harring on April 10, 1954, in Green Bay, WI. They enjoyed 45 years of marriage together, residing in various locations including Green Bay, WI; Appleton, WI; Key West, FL and Cheyenne, WY.

Stanley was a World War II veteran, serving in the Navy as a machinist and engineman aboard submarines and submarine surface tenders. He retired in June of 1963 with more than 21 years of service to his country as a Senior Chief Engineman. Stanley spent the last 10 years of service as a Navy recruiter, completing his tour at Cheyenne, WY. He then worked at Warren Air Force Base as a civil service employee, retiring in 1976. His final job was in General Services Administration for the state of Wyoming where he retired in 1983.

In his spare time, Swede enjoyed fishing and hunting and was an avid gardener. In Cheyenne he had a large vegetable garden and beautiful flower beds. Swede was always proud of his tomato plants, which he continued to grow on his own until 2012. He enjoyed talking about the different varieties he was growing and sharing the bounty of his harvest with others.

Swede and Marie were special 'parents' to their nieces and nephews, as well as many neighbor children who would stop over after school for goodies and conversation. They were a generous, kind couple who often thought of others before themselves. They loved their Boxer dogs Penny, Ginger, and Missy and were generous donors to the American Humane Society.

After Marie passed away, Swede moved to Horseshoe Bend, AR where he spent 10 years living in a home on Crown Lake. There he enjoyed fishing and boating with family and friends, feeding the catfish from his dock, and hunting down the armadillos that made a mess of his yard. Swede made several good friends there with whom he enjoyed dining, shopping, fishing and visiting. Special friends Ken and Ann Aplin were so kind to him, watched over him and saw to it that he was well-fed and got to his doctor appointments.

In 2012, Swede moved to the St. Louis area and lived at Garden Villas North in Florissant, MO, an independent living senior apartment community where he was well-cared for by staff and nephew, Donald Nilson and his wife, Kathy. He made many friends at his new residence but maintained a very independent lifestyle. He especially enjoyed his time reading the newspaper and watching professional baseball and football (a Packers and Bronco fan), and playing cribbage with anyone who knew the game. In addition, he enjoyed his weekly Pinochle with friends at the Villas. Swede always loved to hear from friends and relatives on the phone and through the many cards, letters and gifts that he received.

Swede celebrated his 90th birthday with a special trip with nephew, Don Nilson and grand- nephew, Kyle back to Worthington, MN, Isle, MN, Hudson, WI and Green Bay, WI. It was a trip to visit his nieces and their families, tour the new Packer stadium, eat walleye wherever he found it on the menu, pay respect at his parents' grave, and visit the home of his youth.

Swede is survived by nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie; parents, Lars and Ellen Nilson; brothers, Albert Nilson , Worthington, MN; Leonard Nelson, Columbus, OH; and sisters, Ethel Savage, Boise, ID; Alma Kason, Wahkon, MN; Edna Kason, Rockford, IL; and Myrtle Smith, Robbinsdale, MN.

A small service will be held at the Allouez Chapel Mausoleum, 2121 Riverside Dr. on Monday, March 3 at 11 a.m. A Memorial Service will be held later this spring in Green Bay. Blaney Funeral Home, is assisting the family. To send online condolences, please go to

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Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Feb. 25, 2014