Nelson C. Newendorp, 96, of the Methodist Manor in Storm Lake, formerly of Le Mars, passed away on Tuesday, November 12, at Methodist Manor. A Celebration of Life Service was held at the First United Methodist Church in Le Mars. Pastor Donna Newendorp and Pastor Jason Larson officiated. Burial was in the Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars.
Nelson Christian Newendorp was born on December 1, 1905 on a farm near Orange City, the son of John and Julia Angeline (DeJong) Newendorp. He attended school in Orange City and Mankato (Minnesota) Commercial College.
On June 5, 1928, Nels and Myrtle Agnes Vander Velde were united in marriage at Emmetsburg. The couple made their home in Orange City until they moved to Le Mars in July of 1936. Nels was employed in the marketing division of Amoco Corporation for 27 years. He later worked at Westmar College in Le Mars as an Associate Business Manager and an Associate in Development for 15 years. In 1988 Nels received an Honorary Doctorate from Westmar College.
Being extremely involved in civic leadership leadership, Nels held many offices and board positions. He served as City Clerk, City Councilman, City Building Official, Hospital Trustee, served on the Board of Directors with Le Mars Developmental Corporation and Siouxland Council of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. He was awarded the "Citizen of the Year" in 1976 by the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce. Nels was a member and past president of Rotary International in Le Mars. He was also a member in Storm Lake and was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow. In recent years he served on the state level with the Department of Elder Affairs and was overseer of many local programs.
Nels was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Le Mars. He was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Floyd Masonic Lodge #537 (formerly Giblem Lodge #322), Scottish Rite Consistory, past commander of the commandry, and the Abu-Bekr Shrine.
He is survived by his daughter Ruth Tucker and husband Dr. Charles Tucker of Iowa City; a son Paul and his wife Donna Newendorp of Estes Park, CO; six grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; a brother Ken Newendorp of Williamsburg, VA; a sister Gladys Dowma of Marshall, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Myrtle; two brothers Robert and Vernon; and a great-grandson Timothy Wilkinson.
Memorials may be directed to the Methodist Manor Foundation or the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children.