Vernon Charles Nelle, 86, of Oceanside, Calif., died Monday, July 25, 2005.
Vernon C. Nelle was born Nov. 30, 1918, in Le Mars, the son of Edward and Carrie Nelle. He was raised in Le Mars and was active in the high school band. He continued to play tuba during the big band era throughout the midwestern states, traveling with his group from town to town on weekends.
He helped his parents, Edward and Carrie Nelle, build the family business into a successful design and build company called Nelle Lumber. They built homes in Le Mars and the surrounding areas. They also opened a discount lumber yard accessible by Highway 75 called the Cashway. Both businesses served the Le Mars area residents for many years.
Vernon married Gwendolyn Jenkins of Marcus in June 1942. They had five children, Susan Jeannette of Del Mar, Calif.; Jeanne Donohoe of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Kathryn Markley of San Diego, Calif.; Charles Nelle, deceased, of Jamul, Calif., and Patricia Welch of Long Beach, Calif.
He served in the U.S. Armed Forces as a bombardier during World War II. He flew 51 missions over Italy, Austria, Germany, France, Romania and Yugoslavia. He was a 1st Lieutenant and continued to serve the military in the reserves until 1955.
In 1957, Vernon changed careers and moved his family to Seal Beach, Calif. He worked as a talented and ethical stockbroker. He had an incredible mind for numbers. He retired in 1985, but continued to take daily interest in the activities of the stock market.
Vernon and Gwen chose to retire in Pilgrim Creek Estates, located in Oceanside, Calif., where they enjoyed traveling and playing golf. Vernon turned into a avid pool player, filling his late afternoons at the club house with his buddies.
Survivors include his wife, Gwndolyn; four children, Susan Jeannette of Del Mar, Calif., Jeanne Donohoe of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Kathryn Markley of San Diego, Calif., and Patricia Welch of Long Beach, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Phyllis Nelle Weylander of Sun City, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Myron Nelle and Kenneth Nelle; and two sisters, Lois Nelle Duffy and Maxine Nelle Kiolbasa.
Memorial services were held Saturday at Eternal Hills Mortuary, where he was honored with a 21-gun military salute. His remains will be interred at Fort Rosecrans Military Cemetery in San Diego, Calif.