Harold F. Nehmer, age 101, of Gladstone passed away on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba.
Harold was born January 20, 1913, in Big Rapids, Michigan, the son of Fred and Esther (Johnson) Nehmer, He was a graduate of Ferris State University. He served his country proudly in the United States Army during World War II achieving the rank of Sargent Major with the 86th Motor Battalion. He also took part in the liberation of the concentration camps in Buchenwald, Germany. He was honored to be able to go to Washington D.C. at the age of 100, and accompanied by his granddaughter Lacy, as a member of the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight. Harold was united in marriage to Ethel Tucker who preceded him in death on February 3, 2011. He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gladstone where he served as President and Treasurer and the St. Martin Lutheran Church in Rapid River, was a district manager for Gamble Stores for many years and enjoyed golfing, fishing and playing cards. Harold was a devoted, loving and faithfilled, husband, father and grandfather and was greatly loved by his family.
He is survived by two daughters, Joanne (Mike) Lauzon of Escanaba and Susan Stade of Gladstone; four grandchildren, Lacy Lauzon of Escanaba, Jeff (Merissa) Lauzon of Milwaukee, WI, Scott (Rachael) Stade of Marquette and Amy Rickel of Green Bay, WI; five great grandchildren, Connor and Olivia Stade and Curtice, Ellison and Greyson Rickel; his sister, Betty LaForest of Newberry and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel, his parents, his brother Walter, four sisters, Rose Cloutier, Adeline Haner, Elaine Urbancic and Gertrude Rahilly, a granddaughter Tracy Jo Lauzon and a son-in-law, Scott Stade.
The family will receive friends on Friday, February 28 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Military Honors will be presented at 5:00 PM at the funeral home by the Gladstone American Legion August Mattson Post 71. Funeral services will be at 6:00 PM at the St. Martin Lutheran Church in Rapid River with Pastor Phil Paustian officiating. A luncheon will be served following the services at the church. Harold will be laid to rest in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Harold
Mary Jane Basner Sanford - Hemlock, Mi
Susan & Joanne. My family (Alfred, Jane, Mary Jane, Sue Ann) spent many vacations in the UP visiting your family. My Dad thought a lot of your Dad, I remember him well also! What a life with his military awards and age. You must have many wonderful memories. My sympathies are with you.
Joe & Patty Valiquette - 5247 South Kurth Drive, Mi
JoAnn & Susan and families, Sorry for the loss of your Father he was a very nice man. Like mom they lived a long good healthy life. We will be thinking of all of you. We are in Arizona for the winter months.
Charlie and Patty Creten - Lake Havasu City, Az
Sue, Joanne and Families, so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. Your father was a very caring Man. I will always remember the Good times at card club when our parents would get together. We are away for the winter but will keep you all in our prayers.
Tom & Sue Creten - Tucson, AZ
Our condolences to Harold’s entire family. I remember Hal as a kind and friendly man. Always smiling and pleasant, not taking life too serious. Maybe that is why he lived such a long life. You all have our deepest sympathy.
Steve and Marcia Casey - Green Bay , WI
Joanne, Sue and families.. “uncle Harold” as I will always remember him… was truly a wonderful , loving example of what a man should be. Our world is saddened by his passing , but Heaven has gained another angel to watch over you . He is at peace and happy again with his Ethel. Love to all !! God Bless !
Dan & Donna Barber
JoAnn, Susan, and family’sWe don’t walk alone…
those we love are always with us.
May loving memories of yesterday
bring you strength today.