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David L. Nelson passed away peacefully July 18, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was born July 5, 1921 in Kaukauna, WI to Lewis F. and Clara (Philipps) Nelson. He attended parochial and public school in Kaukauna and graduated from Marquette University College of Business Administration in 1943. In 1951, he was admitted to practice as a Certified Public Accountant by the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
On September 6, 1943, while in service in California, he married Rita E. Randall of Milwaukee, WI.
During WWII he served in Europe with the 103rd Infantry Division.
Following his three year service in the US Army during WWII, he spent three and one half years in the marketing department of the Western Condensing Company in Appleton, WI. During the years of 1950-1953 he served as a US Internal Revenue Agent in Green Bay.
During the years 1953 to 1962 he was employed by both the Green Bay Newspaper Company of Green Bay, WI and Post Corporation of Appleton, WI, where he served as Chief Financial Officer and as a director of both corporations. During this period the Green Bay Newspaper Company and Post Corporation were corporations controlled by the same owners.
In 1962, these corporations separated their ownership and David then devoted his interests solely to Post Corporation. There he served as a director and Chief Operating and Chief Financial Officer until 1984 when the corporation was sold. At the time of the sale Mr. Nelson was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of that firm.
In 1984 David purchased radio stations in Eau Claire, WI and subsequently purchased radio stations in Kirksville, MO, Marshalltown, IA, and Fargo, ND. He also acquired ownership in Holiday Travel Service of Eau Claire and Winnebago Color Press in Menasha, WI. He served as an officer and director of these firms until his death.
David had a lifelong passion for lighthouses and was instrumental in the restoration of the Grassy Island Range Lights.
David was an avid supporter of the historical preservation of the Fox River Valley and generously donated to many organizations.
David is survived by his sons Thomas (Sandra) of Mentor, OH and Richard (Paula) of Grand Rapids, MI. and four grandchildren: Dustin, Marissa, Sylvia, and Dawn. He is also survived by his brother Hugh (Jean).
David was preceded in death by his wife Rita on February 16, 2017; son John; and sisters Peggy, Jane, Louise, and Sally.
David was a long time member of the Green Bay Yacht Club and a founding member of the OSG.
Family and friends are invited to come visit, share memories, and toast to a life well lived on Friday, July 21, 2017 at the Green Bay Yacht Club, 100 Bay Beach Rd, Green Bay, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Donations in David’s name may be directed to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, PO Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741


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21

Jul

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Green Bay Yacht Club

100 Bay Beach Rd
Green Bay, WI 54302


Memorial Contribution

Michal J. Fox Foundation

PO Box 5014
Hagerstown, MD 21741
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