Lawrence G. Neelis, age 79, of 684 N State Hwy M149, Cooks, passed away Sunday morning November 10, 2013 at home following a lengthy illness.
Lawrence was born October 28, 1934 in Manistique, MI 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, WI.
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.
Special longtime companion of 34 years, Patsy (Chase) Neelis.
Lawrence R. Neelis of Colorado Springs, CO
Kevin (Victoria) Neelis of Manitowoc, WI
Raulf F. (Karen) Neelis of Pompton Lake, N.J.
Roxanne M. (Randy) Schram of South Bend, IN
LaVonne Kunesh of Two Rivers, WI
Cherrise R. Roseberry of Green Bay, WI
Francene C. (George) Taylor of Muskegon, MI
Laura Chevalier of Mishicot, WI
Sandra (Richard) Gadzinski of Lake Tomahawk, WI
Robert M. Fabian Jr. of Mishicot, WI
John Fabian of Waupun, WI
Half brother-Robert Silkworth of Florida
13 grandchildren, 10 step grandchildren, 3 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 November 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM 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.
Cindy Neelis - Manitowoc, 0
You turned your life around and are an inspiration to all of us that knew you. May you finally rest in peace and may God bless your soul.
LAWRENCE R. NEELIS,C.S.I.
MY DAD. I WILL REMEMBER THE GOOD TIMES,MEMMORIES AND ALL THE TEACHINGS THAT WE SHARED. NEVER SEEMS TO BE ENOUGH TIME TO GET EVERYTHING SQUARED AWAY.WE DID. I RETURNED TO YOU JUST IN TIME —WE WERE FORTUNATE TO SPEND THE TWO MORE YEARS TOGETHER AND RIDE THAT TRACTOR ONE MORE TIME AND ONE LAST TIME.
LOVE FOREVER, YOUR FIRST BORN SON.
Francene C Neelis-Taylor - Muskegon, MI
Death is the reality of our existence, I will miss all the long talks and the walks, when I was able to come to visit with you. I am glad that I had these past 11 years to have some of the father/daughter relationship that I had missed as a child growing up in an extremely busy household, you will always be with me and the promises that I made to you I will follow through and try very hard to keep, because they were your wishes and what was best for all.
Cherrise Roseberry - Greenbay , Wi
Dad , what can I say about you ? I will miss you an think about you every day.
We had a trying relationship for many years. I’m happy we resolved that . You taught me how to be independent an gave me the knowledge to get through life. I was very happy that you got to meet my daughters , Jacqueline and Elizabeth.