Dr. Leslie Nicholson - April 24, 2012Dr. Leslie L. Nicholson passed away on Tuesday April 24, 2012, at his home in Newport Beach, Calif.
Services will take place at a later date. Following the cremation, he will be entombed at Harbor Lawn-Mt. Olive Memorial Park and Mortuary, Costa Mesa, Calif.
Leslie Nicholson was born Nov. 4, 1921, on his parent’s farm near Hordville to Bert and Josie (Travis) Nicholson. Leslie graduated from Central City High School with the class of 1939. He entered Nebraska Central College and graduated with the class of 1943. On July, 1943, he entered Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., for Naval officer training with the US Navy. He graduated in November of 1943. Leslie was assigned to the Pacific on board the LST 267, where he served as an ensign and as a communication officer for 22 months until World War II ended. His ship was at Pearl Harbor on Aug. 6, 1945, when the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb on Japan. Five battle stars were credited to his ship LST 267. Leslie was honorably discharged on June 14, 1946.
Leslie became principal at Marquette High School in 1946 and the following year was elected superintendent of schools at Dannebrog Public Schools. In 1949, he entered Chicago College of Optometry, graduating in 1953 with a degree of Doctor of Optometry. Leslie opened his optometric practice in Costa Mesa, Calif. He was a member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church and a charter member of Costa Mesa Rotary Club. He was also a member of American Legion Post 291 Newport Beach, Calif. In retirement, he enjoyed following “Big Red” football games, enjoyed golf and table tennis and always encouraging others to follow the Lord Jesus as a way of life.
On Feb. 27, 1948, Leslie Nicholson and Audrey Peterson were united in marriage at Mamre Church near Marquette. To this union of marriage two sons were born.
Leslie is survived by his wife Audrey, retired third grade school teacher, of Newport Beach, Calif.; and his two sons, Pastor Douglas Nicholson, of Last Trumpet Org Ministries, Newport Beach, Calif. and Steven Nicholson, a property manager with his wife Tammi Nicholson of Newport Beach, Calif. Condolences may be left at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or at www.soltfh.com.