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Leonard Leland Nash

  • Birth 13 Oct 1921
  • Death 9 Jul 1980
  • Burial Sheboygan Falls, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Memorial ID 10212530

I am the proudest daughter in the world to say, "He was my father." Gone too soon at the age of 58 due to complications from Lymphoma. He didn't want to die because he still had so much to do to make this world a better place. But he died with dignity and bravery, with a deep Christian belief. He was a Lay Leader of his Methodist Church, and also a beloved school teacher.

He could have done so many more things with his life had he had more time. He was truely amazing! When it came to career choices, he could have been anything. He could have been a professional basketball or football player. At 6'4" and his perfect build, he was a magnificant looking man. He could have been a minister. He was a very spiritual person. Face it, he could have been a movie star! (That's my own personal opinion, of course.) But instead of all these things, he was a teacher and touched the lives of thousands of children.

He was drafted into the Army during World War II. He was a truck driver in the European Theater, driving in supplies behind enemy lines, and hauling back prisoners on his return trips. Towards the end of the war the German prisoners got younger and younger, mere children, and they clung to my father because of his kindness, knowing they would be safe with him.

He married my mother, Viola I. Samsal (b. 1/27/23) after the war on December 15, 1945. He married after the war was over because he didn't want my mother to be a "war widow" in case something happened to him.

A high school drop out to work in the CC (Conservation Corp) Camps planting trees to earn some money, he returned to high school for his diploma, and then attended the Sheboygan County Teachers College to become a teacher. While living with his sister, Cleo, and her husband, Ed Stavlo, in Sheboygan Falls, he met my mother. They became engaged and then he was drafted. After returning from the war and getting married, he began his teaching career.

As his family grew, with the birth of my sister, Cynthia, in December of 1946, he needed more money to support his family and gave up teaching in the early 1950s to once again become a truck driver, driving for the Motor Transport Company. I came along in August of 1951.

In 1957, because of back problems and needing a dryer climate, he packed up his family and moved to California, where his twin brother, Lester, already lived. He immediately found a teaching job and while teaching, also took classes in Los Angeles.

Returning to Wisconsin in 1959, he took a year off to attend the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh and received his bachelors degree. In 1960 he began his 20 years with the Sheboygan Falls School District, starting out by teaching junior high school.

Still taking classes, he received his Masters Degree and became a Title I Reading Specialist, which he continued teaching until his death.

He died at University Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin on July 9, 1980. He is buried in the Sheboygan Falls Cemetery next to his granddaughter, my daughter, Rebecca Rose Wirtz who died in 1983.

From high school drop out to a Masters Degree. What a man! If you've had him as a teacher, please leave a note and a flower, and even if you never knew him and feel compelled to leave something, please do so.

I love you, Daddy!

My father's twin brother, Lester L. Nash
died on February 7, 2011.

(As it appeared in the Sheboygan Press)

A veteran Sheboygan County Teacher, Leonard L. Nash, 58, of Sheboygan Falls, died Wednesday at University Hospital, Madison.

Mr. Nash had been a reading specialist and consultant for the Sheboygan Falls School District.

Born Oct. 13, 1921 in Monroe County, he was a son of the late Walter Andrew Nash and Blanche Nancy Radloff Nash.

He graduated from Adams-Friendship High School in 1940 and the Sheboygan County Teachers College in 1942. Later he attended Los Angeles State College and Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee, receiving his Bachelors Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and his Masters Degree from the UW-Milwaukee.

During World War II he served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater.

On Dec. 15, 1945, he and Viola I. Samsal were married in Sheboygan Falls.

For the past 20 years he was with the Sheboygan Falls School District. Prior to that he served as principal in Haven, Cascade and Batavia, and taught in Lancaster, California.

Mr. Nash was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, Sheboygan Falls, currently serving as a Lay Leader and formerly as Trustee and Sunday school teacher.

He was also a past president of the Interlake Reading Council, the Sheboyan Falls Teachers Association, and the North Western Teachers Assocation, and had also held a variety of offices in the state and national reading associations.

In 1975 he was honored as Teacher of the Year in the Sheboygan Falls School District.

Surviving are his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Donald (Cynthia) Adam of Sheboygan Falls, and Mrs. Jeffrey (Lori Jean) Wirtz of Sheboygan, three grandchildren, Tyler and Kate Adam of Sheboygan Falls, and Rebecca Wirtz of Sheboygan, three brothers, Lloyd of Clinton, Iowa, Jay of San Benito, Texas, and a twin brother, Lester, Buena Park, California, and one sister, Mrs. Edwin (Cleo) Stavlo of Adams.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Faith United Methodist Church, Sheboygan Falls, with the Rev. Perry Bell, pastor, officiating. Buriel will be in the Sheboygan Falls Cemetery.

Family and friends may call at the Huehns Funeral Home, Sheboygan Falls, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, and at the church from 9:00 a.m. Saturday until the time of services.

A memorial fund has been established in Mr. Nash's name.

Cause of Death: Lymphoma

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