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Mark V. Nelson

September 12, 2012
Daily Press

KIMBERLY, Wis. - Mark V. Nelson, 62, of Kimberly, Wis., quietly passed away on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, after an eight month struggle from the effects of heart disease.

Born on Oct. 22, 1949, in Gladstone, he was proud to be a Yooper. Mark never knew what bored meant. His many hobbies included walks in the woods, hunting, fishing, golf and organic gardening, a hobby that became his passion and occupation in his retirement.

Mark was a kind and generous person who will always be remembered for his unselfish love of family and friends. He was a scout master and charter member/past president of the church council of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Combined Locks, Wis. Mark treasured his faith and was a lifelong advocate of education.

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Mark V. Nelson

On Sept. 12, 1970, Mark married Gayle Pomeroy in Nahma.

In addition to Gayle, he is survived by three children, Ryan Nelson, Corinna (Philip) Wells, and Kyle (Felicia) Nelson. There are also four grandchildren, Riley and Raegan Nelson and Clara and Oscar Wells; and a special family friend, Leslie (Tylor) Clark.

He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Andy (Jolane) Nelson, Connie (Rob) Salmi, Carolyn Nelson, Steve (Cathy) Nelson, and Stuart (Sandi) Nelson; as well as several nieces and nephews. He is further survived by his brothers-in-law, Herb (Donna) Pomeroy and Russ (Diane) Pomeroy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hjalmar and Edna Nelson; and by Gayle's parents, Alvin and Loretta Pomeroy.

In 1972 Mark graduated from Michigan Technological University with his bachelor's of science degree in chemical engineering, he completed his master's of business administration at UW Oshkosh in 1986. He worked at Thilmany Pulp and Paper for 33 years in several positions from process engineer to manager of process optimization. He was an active National TAPPI member from 1976-1994. Through that organization he was given the Paul W. Magnabosco Outstanding Local Section Award at a ceremony in New Orleans in April 2012. He was a certified quality engineer and a member of the American Society for Quality.

The funeral service for Mark will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, at Christ The King Lutheran Church, 601 S. Washington St. in Combined Locks. Rev. Thomas McFarland will officiate. Friends are welcome to gather at the church on Friday afternoon from 4 p.m. until the time of the service. Online condolences may be offered at

Mark was awaiting a heart transplant before his second heart attack. Please consider registering as an organ and tissue donor. The need is overwhelming.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be sent to MOSES (Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service), PO Box 339, Spring Valley, WI 54767; the Bay Lakes Council of the Boy Scouts of America, PO Box 267, Appleton, WI 54912; or Christ the King Lutheran Church, 601 S Washington St. Combined Locks, WI 54113.

You were the best, Mark. Thank you for your commitment to all of us. We'll love you forever.



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