John Leonard Nelson

PERKINS – John Leonard Nelson, 77, of Perkins, passed away peacefully at his home Saturday evening, Aug. 2, 2014, surrounded by his loving family, following a short illness.

John was born Nov. 18, 1936, in Gross, Mich., the son of Oscar and Lily (Ahlquist) Nelson. He was raised in Gross and attended elementary school, in Wells, before moving to Perkins where he attended the Perkins school. On Dec. 27, 1958, John was united in marriage to the former Jane Branstrom at St. Joseph Church in Perkins.

Together John and Jane relocated to Milwaukee, where they made their home, began their family, and resided for six years. They then moved to Coldwater, Mich., where they resided for two years before moving back to Perkins. John belonged to Operating Engineers Local Union 324 for the majority of his working career. He retired in 1996 with more than 30 years of employment. John was a member of the Perkins Lions Club. He enjoyed spending time at his camp, riding his four-wheelers and six-wheelers, and cheering for the Detroit Red Wings, Tigers, and Lions.

John is survived by his loving wife, Jane; sons, John Carl (Cheryl) Nelson of Gladstone and Todd Nelson of Kimberly, Wis.; daughter, Laurie LeBlanc of St. Nicholas, Mich.; brothers, Dennis and Raymond (Pat) Nelson, both of Rock; sister, Eileen Demeuse of Gladstone; grandchildren, Mandi (Shayne), Kyle (Sara), Paul, Ian, Kristi, Kaitlyn, and Stephen (Stephanie); great-grandchildren, Lily, Drake, Violet, Damon, Trigg, Marley and Ethan.

Also surviving are nieces, nephews, cousins, and John’s family companion, their dog “Spec.”

In addition to his parents, Oscar and Lily, John was preceded in death by his son, Robert M. Nelson in 1993, and his infant brother.

John’s family will receive friends on Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services will follow visiting hours on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone with Rev. Fr. Emmett Norden officiating. Luncheon will follow at the St. Joseph Parish Hall in Perkins.

John will be laid to rest in the Perkins cemetery. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Nelson family with arrangements.

Messages of condolence may be offered online at www.skradskifuneral