Leo Gerald Nicholson, also known as "Jerry", was born in Potosi, Missouri November 9, 1928, the son of Francis Leo Nicholson and Vera (Rankin) Nicholson, and died November 15, 2012 at his home in Maryland Heights, MO at the age of 84.
Leo was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Shirley (Compton) Nicholson, son Leo Stephen Nicholson and brother Joseph R. Nicholson.
He is survived by two daughters; Carol Sue Rowland and husband Ray of Maryland Heights, MO; Victoria Ann Nicholson of Anaheim Hills, CA; step-son Terry Stricker of the home; sister Patricia Schurwan and husband E.J. "Bud" Schurwan of St. Louis; brother James Nicholson and wife Alice of Phoenix, AZ; nieces Doris Jean, Linda, Diane, Nancy, Beth, JoAnn, Theresa, and Becky; nephews John and Tom; grandchildren Paxton, Alexis, Austin and Paige Rowland, Crystal; great grandchildren, Stephanie and Elijah; aunt Geneva Nicholson, Columbia, Il.
Upon graduation from Potosi High School Jerry, along with his friend Jack Elsey, joined the Marine Corp on September 9, 1946 and they was sent to Paris Island. When his tour of duty was complete he returned to Potosi and worked at the Nicholson/Sinclair Service Station. He was recalled to military duty during the Korean conflict, and spent this tour of duty at Camp Pendleton, CA.
In 1955 Jerry began working for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft and after 37 years, retired on December 23, 1993.
During his lifetime he became a passionate volunteer and member of the Wabash Frisco and Pacific Railroad Association in Glencoe, MO, working with live steam trains and sharing his passion with others.
In addition to trains, Leo's second love was restoring World War II transportation vehicles. He traveled around the country to various conventions, museums and salvage yards gathering information, hard to find parts, and many friends who shared this hobby.
Visitation and a memorial service was held on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at Alexander-White-Mullen Funeral Home in St. Ann, MO. Burial services will be held on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, 2900 Sheridan Rd., St. Louis, MO 63125.
The family suggests donations to St. Louis Fisher House, #1 Jefferson Barracks Rd., St. Louis, MO 63125