George Nelson Semmens

ESCANABA – George Nelson Semmens, 90, of 1616 9th Ave. S., Escanaba, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers. He was born Jan. 19, 1924, in Mount Vernon, N.Y., and was the son of Fred and Katherine (Hoover) Semmens. George graduated from Tenafly High School in Tenafly, N.J., in 1941 and then he attended the New York State College of Forestry (Syracuse University) in Syracuse, N.Y. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 800th Engineer Forestry Company from Dec. 15, 1942 until he was honorably discharged on Dec. 24, 1945.

After the war George returned to college and graduated in 1949 and accepted a job with the U.S. Forest Service in Columbus, Ohio. In October of 1952 George married the former Martha “Petey” Bogert and they settled in Laona, Wis., where George continued his employment with the U.S. Forest Service. They later lived in Park Falls, Wis.; Mio, Mich.; Isabella, Minn.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Escanaba, Mich.; Athens, Ohio; Warren, Pa.; and Missoula, Mont. George retired in 1979 and they moved back to Escanaba. He attended the First Presbyterian Church in Escanaba.

George was also a member of the Escanaba Golden “K” Kiwanis Club and Bay Sages. He started his own forestry business and ventured into taking inventories in local cemeteries. George eventually served as manager of a local cemetery for 12 years. Family was extremely important to George and he enjoyed traveling, the outdoors and wildlife. He was voted recycler of the year in 2008 by Lake State Industries and was active in the Escanaba Main Street Program.

George Semmens is survived by: wife, Martha “Petey” Semmens; daughters, Holly (Larry) Wilson of Airdrie, AB Canada, and Laurie (Dave) Ostrowski of Superior, Wis.; sons, Kenneth (Beth) Semmens of Morgantown, W.V., and Frederick Semmens of Escanaba; 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 31, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Delta County veterans services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services celebrating the life of George Nelson Semmens will be held at noon Friday at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Scott White officiating. A luncheon will be served following the funeral services at the First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall. Burial will take place in the West Ford River Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial can be directed to the Parkinson Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the Anderson Funeral Home. The Anderson Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements and online condolences can be sent to the family at