PRICE - Nelo "NeNe" Robert Seeronen passed away quietly 10 days after reaching his 99th birthday. He was surrounded by his family, the caring staff at Beehive Homes and the staff from CNS Hospice, when he passed peacefully on Nov. 7, 2008.
He was born on Oct. 29, 1909 in Bisby, Ariz., when the state was still a territory. He was the third of a large and loving family of 10 born to John Robert and Helda Telia Seeronen.
As a young man, Nelo served his country with bravery and valor in the United States Army during World War II.
He was a longtime resident of Carbon County and spent some of his earlier years in Winter Quarters.
Nelo toiled long and hard all of his adult life as a coal miner in Arizona, Colorado, and survived the Castle Gate mine disaster. He rose to the ranks of foreman and supervisor and always showed great pride in his profession. He was a dedicated member of the UMWA for many years.
He was an avid reader of Louis Lamour and Zane Gray westerns.
He enjoyed both fly-tying and fly-fishing and could always be found prowling the high mountain streams of Colorado and the Uinta Basin looking for the next big catch. He favored the Oregon Coast, where he fished with family.
He could sometimes be found playing Black Jack in Las Vegas, Nev., and Wendover and will always be remembered for his good nature, generous spirit and impish grin.
Preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; constant canine companion, Raja, with whom he shared many T-bone steaks; brother, Tauno Seeronen; and nephew, John Sheamus Seeronen. Survived by his sister, Eva Sampi, who was his constant companion and support throughout the last several years of his life; his niece, Shauna Baker, and her husband, Lyle; his grand-nieces, Jody and Sandi, and their husbands, Mark Fisher and Matt Wenner; grand-nephew, BJ; stepdaughter, Ella (Leland) McKendrick; their children, Linda (Jerry) Yeager, John (Helen) McKendrick, and their families; sister-in-law, Margaret Seeronen, and her children, Mark and John and his wife, Pat Seeronen; numerous great-grand- nieces and nephews, including Lakota, Corbin, Jimmy Dalon, Caine, Carrie, Courtney and Sean.
Graveside service for NeNe will be Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2 p.m., at the Price City Cemetery. Family will receive friends at Mitchell Funeral Home, 233 East Main Street in Price, Tuesday from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m.
Many thanks to neighbors, Boyd and Caleen Marsing, and Kathy Paddock for their ongoing generosity and support to Nelo and his extended family.