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Leonard M. Nelson, Jr.

AGE: 82 • Rehoboth Beach

Leonard (Lenny) M. Nelson Jr. passed away Thursday, March 17th. Lenny was born in Newark to Leonard M. and Ethel J. Nelson. He graduated from Newark High School in 1951 and served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 1962 where he loved playing football. It was there that he met the love of his life, Roxanne K. Nelson.

Lenny worked for 28 years as a physical education instructor for the University of Delaware in Georgetown. Known as "Coach" by his students, he introduced many popular physical education classes including backpacking, sailing, canoeing, skiing, tennis and racquetball.

Throughout his life, Lenny and Roxanne enjoyed travelling around the U.S., especially sailing on the Chesapeake and cruising the 7,000 mile Great Loop. He loved living along the Rehoboth Bay wetlands where he never tired of watching the birds and wildlife.

Lenny is survived by his loving wife, Roxanne; his children Zoanne Nelson and husband Alwin Chan, and Michael Nelson and wife Cheryl; his five grandchildren Clay and Chase Nelson, Kyril Panfilov, Leo and Emily Chan; and his brother Harry Nelson and wife Margaret.

Memorial Services will be held at 2:30 PM on Friday, March 25, at Parsell Funeral Homes, 16961 Kings Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958 where friends may visit beginning at 1:00 PM. Interment will be private. In his memory, donations may be made to Friends of the Cape Henlopen State Park, P.O. Box 132, Nassau, DE 19969. Please visit his Life Memorial Webpage at
Published in The News Journal on Mar. 22, 2016
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