Maynard J. Nielsen, 83, Sandusky, died late Thursday afternoon, May 20, 2010, in Firelands Regional Medical Center, following a brief illness.
He was born in Sandusky, Jan. 19, 1927, and was raised in the Erie County Children's Home. He sang in the boy's choir in Calvary Episcopal Church. He graduated from Sandusky High School. He worked for and was co-owner of Pfefferkorn Awning Company and owned and operated Nielsen Canvas Company for many years. Maynard served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on a PT Boat in the Pacific Theatre.
Maynard was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Ohio Eastern Star 331, 50 year member of Perseverance Lodge 329 F.&A.M., Sandusky City Chapter 72 R.A.M., Sandusky City Council 26 R.&S.M., Erie Commandery 23 K.T., a 32nd degree Mason, Scottish Rite Valley of Toledo, Singara Grotto, Firelands Shrine Club of Zenobia Shrine Temple, Boy Scouts of America where he served as a unit and district commissioner and was recipient of the Scouts Silver Beaver Award and the Paul Harris Fellowship of Rotary International. He was also a member of AMVETS Post 17, American Legion Post 83, the Sandusky Yacht Club and the Zone 7 Canvas Products Association.
He enjoyed studying history and geography, traveling, photography, boating and spending time with his family and friends.
Maynard is survived by his wife, Barbara A. (Pfefferkorn) Nielsen, whom he married in 1951; two sons, John M. (Elizabeth Walker) Nielsen of Brighton, Mich., and Robert C. (Darcy) Nielsen of Sandusky; five grandchildren, Kelly, Kent, James, Meredith and Matthew Nielsen; and nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Anna (Anson) and John Nielsen; and his brother, Donald Nielsen.
Friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday in Groff Funeral Home, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky; Masonic services will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Grace Episcopal Church, 315 Wayne St., Sandusky; the Reverend Webster Maughan will officiate. Inurnment will be in Grace Church Columbarium.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Shriners Children's Hospital, 8048 Broadstone Blvd., Perrysburg, OH 43551 or Boy Scouts of America-Heart of Ohio Council and Firelands Camp Steward, 471 US 250 E., Bldg. D, Ashland, OH 44805.
Condolences may be shared with his family at grofffuneralhomes.com.