Lawrence G. Neelis

COOKS – Lawrence G. Neelis, 79, of 684 N State Hwy M149, Cooks, passed away Sunday morning, Nov. 10, 2013, at home following a lengthy illness.

Lawrence was born Oct. 28, 1934, in Manistique, Mich., the son of Lawrence Joseph and Esther Anna Matilda (Peterson) Neelis. He was raised in Cooks where he was a 1952 graduate of Cooks High School. Upon his honorable discharge in 1962 from the U.S. Army he returned to Manitowoc, Wis.

Lawrence was united in marriage to the former Ruth Ellen Spiering in 1952 and together they raised seven children. Lawrence was self-employed in the real estate business and he also owned rental properties.

Lawrence loved working in the garden and his hobbies included hunting fishing and camping.

Survivors include: special longtime companion of 34 years, Patsy (Chase) Neelis; sons, Lawrence R. Neelis of Colorado Springs, Colo., Kevin (Victoria) Neelis of Manitowoc, Wis., Raulf F. (Karen) Neelis of Pompton Lake, N.J.; daughters, Roxanne M. (Randy) Schram of South Bend, Ind., LaVonne Kunesh of Two Rivers, Wis., Cherrise R. Roseberry of Green Bay, Wis., and Francene C. (George) Taylor of Muskegon, Mich.; stepchildren, Laura Chevalier of Mishicot, Wis., Sandra (Richard) Gadzinski of Lake Tomahawk, WI

Robert M. Fabian Jr. of Mishicot, Wis., and John Fabian of Waupun, Wis.; half brother, Robert Silkworth of Florida; 13 grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and 11 step-great-grandchildren.

Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents.

Graveside services celebrating the life of Lawrence G. Neelis will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 3 p.m. with Rev. Don Bedwell officiating. Military rites conducted by the Manistique American Legion will follow the committal rites. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes are assisting the Neelis family. Please visit where you can express your sympathy to the Neelis family or to leave a memory tribute about Lawrence.