|Birth: ||Oct. 9, 1928|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 7, 2002|
South Dakota, USA
Neilon J. Ainslie
LINCOLN, Neb. — Neilon J. Ainslie, 73, Lincoln, Neb., died Thursday, March 7, 2002, in an auto accident near Parkston, S.D. He had been visiting in Rapid City and had decided to take an apartment there.
He was born Oct. 9, 1928, in Hartwick, N.Y., the son of James and Nina Ainslie.
He was proud of the fact that he graduated fourth in his class at Hartwick High School until he was forced to admit he had only six classmates.
He served in the Korean War and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy.
He was married to Grace Buckbee of Warwick, N.Y., March 26, 1954.
He graduated from Cornell University in 1956 and was proud of his Ivy League pedigree.
He then worked 28 years in hospitality services management with jobs in Indianapolis, Ind., Falls Church, Va., Dansville, Ill., Omaha, Neb., Sioux City, Iowa, Manhattan, Kan., and Salina, Kan. He retired to Lincoln, Neb., in 1984.
Neilon was affable, humorous, personable, happy-go-lucky and optimistic. He had a full life, loved many and was loved by all.
He kept short accounts and he acknowledged God's providential care over the affairs of his life.
He was proud of the "no-hitter" he pitched while at Hartwick High School, only 10 miles from Cooperstown, N.Y., home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
His interests included family, travel, poker and cribbage. He had a love for the outdoors and at the age of 72 floated on a rubber raft down the Snake River in Wyoming, with his children and grandchildren.
He was a Methodist and a member of the Lincoln Cribbage League, Korean War Veterans Association and, in years past, the Norwegian Choir.
Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Grace Ainslie, Overland Park, Kan.; four children, Jim Ainslie, Kenewick, Wash., Edie Green, Overland Park, Kan., Steve Ainslie, Jackson, Wyo., and Andy Ainslie, Rapid City; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two sisters, Helen Bristol, Argyle, N.Y., and Alice Gardella, Oneonta, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.
Public memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 15, 2002, at Rimrock Evangelical Free Church, with the Rev. Robert Graham officiating.
A luncheon will follow at the church.
Inurnment will be in Hartwick Village Cemetery, Hartwick, N.Y., at a later date.
A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are with Osheim-Catron Funeral Home.
Published in The Daily Star on March 12, 2002.
Hartwick Village Cemetery
New York, USA
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