Eugene L. Nelson, 91

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, June 30, 2012, at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Borgia South Catholic Church, N44 W6055 Hamilton Road, Cedarburg, for Eugene L. Nelson of Cedarburg, who was born to eternal life on Monday, June 25, 2012, at the age of 91 at Lasata Care Center. Father Walter Vogel will officiate the Mass.

Interment will follow at St. Francis Borgia Cemetery in Mequon with full military honors. Visitation will be held at the Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory, W63 N527 Hanover Ave., in Cedarburg, on Friday, June 29, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Eugene was born in Door County on June 7, 1921, the son of Maurice and Alice (nee Livernash) Nelson. He was a 1939 graduate of Cedarburg High School where he played on the basketball team as a forward when the team went to the state championship.

He married Eunice on April 21, 1944, in Selman Field (Military Base), Louisiana. They were blessed with four children. Eugene was deployed to England in 1944, where he flew 30 combat missions over Europe during World War II in the Army Air Corps. Eugene was awarded the Purple Heart. He was an officer and then became a major in the Air Force Reserve, and 58 years later he was finally awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross DFC.

Eugene was a long-standing alderman for the city of Cedarburg. There were many things Eugene loved, like wood carving and being a member of the EAA. Eugene was a longtime member of St. Francis Catholic Church, where he was on the parish council and the school board. He was a mechanical engineer at Mercury Marine and an assistant director of engineering at Tecumseh, where he retired after 30 years. Eugene was a lieutenant colonel in the Civil Air Patrol and retired from being a vice commander for the state of Wisconsin.

Eugene is survived by his children, Gregory (Karen), Margaret "Peg" Nelson, Jeffrey (Barbara) and Michele (Donald) Haffner; grandchildren, Melissa (Chuck) Tate, Kevin (Nicole) Nelson, Brenda (Nathan) Schleifer, Todd (Mary) Nelson, Timothy (Tina) Nelson, Jacob Nelson and Daniel Haffner; 12 great-grandchildren; siblings, Maurice, Joan Huberty and James (Becky) Nelson; loving companion, Patricia Pagliaro; other relatives and friends.

Eugene was preceded in death by his parents, and then his wife, Eunice, in 1994.

Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory in Cedarburg is serving the family.