Thomas Paul Nellessen, age 67 of Chesterton, passed away Saturday, February
25, 2012 in Valparaiso, Indiana.
He was born February 5, 1945 in Gary, Ind., to George E. and Emma (Groth)
Thomas is survived by his mother, Emma Nellessen; son, Adam Thomas Nellessen
of LaPorte, Ind.; and daughter, Machelle Blount of Ogden Dunes, Ind.
He was preceded in death by his father, George Nellessen; and grandparents,
James H. and Martha Brown Guthrie, George Henry and Cecelia Nellessen.
Thomas was an owner of Shoreline Real Estate, The Dog House, Country Café
and Coach Lite Inn. He was also previously employed at Inland Steel,
Bethlehem Steel and the Westville Correctional Center. Thomas was a veteran
of the U.S. Army, serving in Saigon and Vietnam. He was a member of the
Vietnam Veterans Association, Porter VFW Post 2511 and the Chesterton
American Legion Post 94. Thomas enjoyed hunting, fishing, shooting pool and
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 2, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Edmonds
& Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, Ind., with Father James
Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at
the funeral home. Cremation will take place at Heritage Crematory, Portage,
Memorials may be made to the VNA Hospice, 2404 Valparaiso St., Valparaiso,
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