|Birth: ||Jan. 21, 1924|
|Death: ||Aug. 3, 2009|
DARBY'S RANGER &
FIRST SPECIAL SERVICE FORCE
NELSON Jr., Otis Lovel of Denver, CO. Formerly of Bay City.
Otis Lovel Nelson, Jr. was born on January 21, 1924 in Bay City, MI and died on Monday, August 3, 2009. A good student with a love of history and a taste for adventure, Otis graduated from Bay City Central High School in June of '42 and promptly enlisted in the Army. He landed in North Africa, where he joined the 1st Ranger Battalion under Colonel Darby. After the decimation of the Ranger Battalion at Anzio, Otis (one of about a dozen from the battalion who were not killed or captured by Hermann Goering's Panzer Division) served with the Canadian - American First Special Service Force, for which he received the Canadian Parachute Silver Maple Leaf Wings from the Canadian Government, and the purple heart for wounds sustained in combat from the U.S. Government.
Upon his return, Otis married Eva June Brown, his dearest friend and soul mate until her death in 1987. He worked at Dow Chemical Company from 1946 until 1979, when he retired to found Polar Molecular Corporation with his son, Mark. Otis achieved 54 patents and trademarks worldwide and, at the time of his death, served as the Chairman Emeritus and Director of the Board of Polar molecular. A civic minded and generous man, Otis was active in church, school, and recreational activities throughout his life, often in a leadership role.
Otis leaves to cherish his memory his son, Mark (Sharon); daughter, Joan; grandsons, Peter and David; sisters, Bernice and Pat (Norm); brothers, Ed (Jenny), Harry (Kieran), and Dick (Mona); and many cherished nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to his parents, Otis Sr., and Esther (Parker) Nelson, and wife Eva, Otis was predeceased by a son, David, in 1978, and by sisters, Cecelia Graham and Beverly.
Few people got as much out of life as 'The Big O'. He will be missed, but his memory will live on in many, many hearts. Otis's life will be celebrated with a Funeral Mass on Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. from St. Maria Goretti Church. Rev. Fr. George J. Serour and Sr. Virginia Scally S.N.D. deN will officiate with burial in Floral Gardens Cemetery under the auspices of the Bay Co. Veteran's Council. Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Friday from 4 - 8:30 p.m. and at the church on Saturday after 9:00 a.m. Memorial donations can be made in his name to the Allen Neighborhood Center, 1619 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48912, or to the charity of your choice.
Published in Bay City Times from Aug. 5 to Aug. 6, 2009
In July 2013, the Congressional Gold Medal was awarded, collectively, to the First Special Service Force, in recognition of its superior service during World War II.
Floral Gardens Cemetery
Plot: Section:Good Shepherd; Plot 344, Space B
Created by: L Beacon
Record added: Nov 14, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 120317821
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Added: Nov. 14, 2013