Edwin Leonard Nelson
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ASHLAND: Edwin Leonard Nelson, 85, of Ashland, died Friday, May 24, 2013 at Emeritus Senior Living in Medina, Ohio. Born October 21, 1927 in North Tonawanda, NY, he was the son of Frank and Lottie (Bodych) Nieradka. He graduated from Cass Technical High School in Detroit, MI in 1945 and enlisted in the United States Army serving from 1945 to 1947. After a few months training, sustained an injury that placed Edwin on the hospital list for the next four months. Upon discharge from the hospital, he obtained release and was then transferred to Ft. Myer, VA, where he was an Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. For thirty years, from 1948 - 1979, Edwin worked in Consumer Finance in Detroit, MI, retiring as Vice President for Capital Financial Services in Portland, Oregon. In August 1979, Edwin accepted a position with First National Bank of downtown Ashland (currently PNC) and moved the family back to Ohio. He retired as Vice President December 31, 1992. Edwin had a love for traveling and always taking the "scenic" route on driving trips. Travels included Disney World, Myrtle Beach, Niagara Falls, Gatlinburg, Las Vegas and the many annual trips to the family cabins in Michigan. Fond memories of fishing each morning on Central Lake will last a lifetime.
He is survived by his sons, Robert Nelson of Oregon and Ronald (Beth) Nelson of Oregon; daughter, Sherry Neeley of Ashland; grandchildren, Brenna and Molly Nelson and Kassidy and Lindsey Yochheim. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years, Shirley (Seiler) Nelson in 2010 whom he married April 2, 1949; a son, Lawrence D. Nelson; and a sister, Leona Pensler.
A private memorial service will be conducted at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Emeritus of Medina, 100 High Point Drive, Medina, OH 44256.
The Ashland Home of Wappner Funeral Directors is privileged to serve the family of Edwin Nelson.
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Published in the News Journal on May 26, 2013