NELSON, Leo Francis
Leo Francis Nelson, 89, of Manchester, went to be with the Lord on Monday, (January 14, 2013) at St. Francis Hospital. He was born Feb. 18, 1923, in Olyphant, PA. He was the son of the late James Francis Nelson and the late Mildred Fawcett Nelson. He just missed his 90th birthday by one month. After graduating from St. Patrick's High School, Leo entered the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He was very proud of his service flying with the "Flying Tigers" 14th Air Force, in the China, Burma and India Theatre and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. After the war, he returned to the U.S. and married his pen pal, Marguerite on Sept. 29, 1945 at Memorial Baptist Church in Hartford. Their loving, long and happy marriage lasted 67 years. He was a long time member of Memorial Baptist, as was his wife. Their years at Memorial were filled with many lasting, fond memories. Leo worked many years at Nassau Furniture, Iona Mfg. of Manchester and retired from The Hartford Fire Insurance, Co. He devoted 41 years to coaching Little League Baseball in Manchester. He loved the kids and teaching them the sport of baseball was his passion. He was also a long time member of the American Legion, Post 327, in Olyphant, PA. Leo is survived by his loving wife, Marguerite, his devoted son, David, who is Pastor of the First Baptist Church of West Haven, and his wife, Judy. He is also survived by his sister, Joyce Fritz of Philadelphia, PA., and his brothers, David of Philadelphia, PA., and Donald, of Coral Gables, FL. He is survived, too, by many nieces, nephews and cousins around the country. Leo was predeceased by his parents, his brothers Joseph Nelson, James Nelson, John Nelson and his sisters Molly Coulthard of Olyphant, PA and Jane Raab of Williamsport, PA.
Calling hours will be from 9-11 a.m. at Rose Hill Funeral Home in Rocky Hill. A graveside service conducted by Rev. John F. Endler of Central Baptist Church in Hartford will take place in Rose Hill Memorial Park followed by a burial with military honors. Leo was loved by all and will be missed by his family and his companion cat "Tigger." In lieu of flowers, donations in Leo's memory can be sent to Little League Baseball, Inc. P.O. Box 3485 Williamsport, PA 17701.