Clipped From The Holland Evening Sentinel
He m e n t Fred J. Neiis FredJ. Nelis Dies at 97 Fred J. N e l i s , 97, Lakewood Blvd., died Wednesday evening at his home following an extended illness. Mr. Nelis was born in the Netherlands in 1867. He has lived in the Holland area since 1916. was a retired bulb grower. was a member of St. Francis De Sales Church. When his family came to Holland, he and his son Harry started what is now the Nelis Tulip Farms. They operated together for a number of years until his retirement about 25 years ago. Surviving are nine children, Harry Nelis of Holland; Mrs. Alice Madiol of Battle Creek; Mrs. Dorothy McHugh of Chicago; Mrs. Anne Cochran of Rapids; Frank Nelis of Chicago; Mrs. Catherine Bush of Battle Creek; Miss Billie Nelis at home; Mrs. Rita Marcotte of Holland and Joseph Nelis of Grand Haven; 52 grandchildren; 151 great grandchildren; o great great grandchild. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Saint Francis De Sales Church with Msgr. J.A. Moleski officiating. Burial will be in Pilgrim Cemetery. Mr. Nelis reposes at the Dykstra Funeral Chapel where relatives and friends may meet family this evening and Friday evening from 7 to 9. The Rosary will be reqited at 8 p.m. Friday.