Leonard Simon Nederveld, Sr., 94, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 in Diamondhead, MS.
Leonard was born October 23, 1925 on a farm in Poplarville, MS. He moved to New Orleans at 10 years old and it was there that he met the love of his life, Celine. Leonard joined the U.S. Marines at 18 and served in WWII on the island of Iwo Jima where he earned a Purple Heart.
After returning home, Leonard married Celine in 1945. They lived in New Orleans where he began his career as an accountant and controller. Leonard was active in the Boy Scouts and served as Scoutmaster for Troop 245 in Metairie. Later in life he chaired the Iwo Jima reunion in Biloxi and was involved in the local VFW. He and Celine moved to Diamondhead after his retirement and became members of Most Holy Trinity. He loved square dancing, traveling, spending time with his family, having weekly coffee with fellow Marine veterans, puzzles and, more than anything, ice cream.
He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Celine (née Robicheaux); son, Leonard Nederveld Jr. and his wife, Jody; daughter, Marybeth Baker; 6 granddaughters and 2 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Arnold; his brother, Herbert; his son-in-law, Bob Baker, and of course his parents (he was 94!).
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, January 10, 2020 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Pass Christian at 12:00pm, with the visitation for family and friends beginning at 11:00am. Burial will follow at Biloxi National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Leonard can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and the local chapter of the Marine Corps League. To donate to the Marine Corps League, send a check to Marine Corps League Det. 1454, P.O. Box 6576, Diamondhead, MS 38525.
RIEMANN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 9113 Kiln Delisle Rd., Pass Christian is serving the family. An online guestbook may be signed and condolences and photos shared at www.riemannfamily.com.