Peter John Nelesen

Dec 25, 1943 - Nov 20, 2020

Sacramento National Valley Cemetery
5810 Midway Road
Dixon, CA, 95620


Peter John Nelesen

Peter John Nelesen was born on Christmas Day 1943. He left this earth for Heaven on November 20, 2020. He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Marie Nelesen and his first wife of 47 years Helena. He was born in Wilwalkee, Wisconsin. He lived in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Hollywood, Florida and then Ft. Lauderdale, Florida when he joined the US Air Force directly out of high school at Pompano Beach where he went to basic training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas. After basic training, he went to technical training at Lowry AFB, Colorado and took assignment to Hahn AFB, Germany. He met Helena Nauert in June 1965 and married in October 1965. They had a daughter Katharina Marie (Bert Mutz) in June 1966. Pete spent the next 22 years honorably serving his country moving to Wichita, Kansas, Upper Heyford, England, Mountain Home, Idaho, McClellan AFB, Sacramento, Spangdahlem AFB, Germany to finally retire August 1, 1984 at McClellan AFB, Sacramento. He served in Vietnam at Korat, Thailand during the hostilities from March 1967 to July 1968 as well as the Falklands Island campaign April to June 1982. He was a true Patriot in every sense of the word. While in Hollywood he was part of the Civil Air Patrol and went to work at an airport where he worked on and flew planes until he joined the Air Force. He maintained his private license when he joined the Air Force and was able to fly above Germany in a friend’s plane. Upon retiring from the Air Force as a Master Sargent, he worked as a civilian at McClellan until it closed in October 2000. He worked for the State of California, retiring in December 2013 from the Department of Justice as a Data Processing Manager II. After retiring from the Department of Justice Pete met Isabelle Roman in March 2014. They fell in love and married in April 2015. The marriage gave Pete two stepdaughters Rosie (Robert Molinaro) and Laura (Dave Cruz) as well as his two granddaughters Sophia and Angie Molinaro. During these last six years they travelled and enjoyed all of their adventures together making them very happy years. Pete became a member of the ARC Committee at Sun City Lincoln and joined the Aviation Club where he enjoyed flying his planes. Pete was a wonderful husband, papa, father, father in law and grandfather as well as good friend to many. He accepted his diagnosis of Lou Gerhrig’s disease with grace and courage, never complaining. We know he is in heaven with God and is watching over us. He is missed terribly.

Funeral service is Saturday, December 5th 10:30 am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lincoln. It will be held in the courtyard and social distancing will be observed. Private entombment is Tuesday, December 8th at Dixon Military Cemetery.

Donations may be sent to ALS Association, Wounded Warriors or your choice.


  • Barbara Byrd says:


    Your Dad was a wonderful Man. He will be missed and I am sorry about to hear the news. Hugs to you!


  • Rosemary Sierras says:

    Dear Kathi,

    So sorry for your loss. It’s hard losing a parent. Know he is at peace and watching over you.

    Love you, hugs and kisses

  • Angela Haight says:

    You are the strongest person I know, and I’m sure you got that from your father.
    Love you,

  • Harrison D Woolfolk Sr. says:

    Pete and I volunteered with the Military Retiree Activity Office. We enjoyed each other’s company and shared many war stories. He will be sorely missed.

  • Linda Douglas says:

    We’d all here like to sincerely thank your father for his service. What a lifetime of volunteering and courage. I can see where you get your strength of character.

    I’m so sorry we can’t be present at the service, but we’ll be praying along. Sending sooooooooo much love to you and Bert.

  • Sharon Pixler says:

    Pete was a life long friend. In fact we felt like brother an sister. He called me Sis and I called him Bro. We met when he rescued me from an accident near Lowry AFB. We dated for awhile but best friends always. He became part of our family while he was stationed at Lowry. My parents thought of him as a second son. We have kept in touch over the years. He will, forever, be missed. Much love to the family.

  • Crystal Speciale says:

    Kathy and Burt,
    Daniel and I are so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. We know he is at peace and without pain in heaven with his parents and Helena.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you on Saturday.
    Love Daniel & Crystal

  • Steve & Theresa Mutz says:

    So sorry for your loss. We are keeping you in our thoughts.

  • Yomi Cheung says:

    Dear Kathi and Burt,

    My thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow following the loss of your father.

    I know you have a lot of great memories of him- I hope they comfort you during this difficult time, and my deepest sympathies go to you and your family.

    Love you,

  • Julia Mason says:

    Dear Kathi and Burt,
    Please know you are in my thoughts and wishing you peace and comfort in this difficult time.
    Big hug!

  • Lisa Lopes says:


    So very sorry for the loss of your father. May he rest in eternal peace.

    Lisa Lopes

  • Deb Cavin-Kitagawa says:

    Hello Kathi & Bert

    I am so sorry for the loss of your father, Jon and I will be praying for you, and please stay strong.

    I love you Kathi & Bert

    Deb & Jon Cavin-Kitagawa

  • Tom Moore says:

    Pete -Thanks for being a friend for so many years. I hope there are a few great Papillon’s over that Rainbow Bridge keeping you company.

  • Candace Noguchi says:

    Dear Kathi and Burt,
    I’m so sorry for the loss of your father. My heart goes out to you.

  • Kevin Jackson says:

    Hi Kathy,

    I am so sorry to hear that your father passed away. You and I were just on the phone the day before and you were telling me how he was doing. I know how close you were to your dad and it is a devastating loss to you & your family. I pray that GOD helps you and your family get through this difficult time with some peace.

    Always remember that your father loved you very much and that his love for you will never die.



  • Anitra Bibbs says:


    My deepest of condolences to you and the family. I know how close you were with your father. Try to remember the good times as they will help in getting you through these difficult times.

    May your father rest in eternal peace.

    God Bless you all

  • Kim says:


    My deepest condolences to you and your family. May kitty snuggles help support you and Burt through this painful time.

  • Maggie says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that we love you and are here for you.


  • Consuelo Ramos says:


    I’m so sorry for the loss of your father. Sending my love and prayers to you and your family. May God give you strength during this hard time.

    May your father rest in eternal peace.

    Consuelo Ramos

  • Marge Innocenti says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your dad passing. I know you were very close to your father and that your care and unwavering devotion during his illness must have meant so much to him. Please take comfort in your wonderful family memories and knowing that he is at peace with the angels. My prayers are with you and your family. Love to you and Bert.-Your friend always, Marge

  • Sam says:

    Pete was a great friend and wonderful resource of information. Whenever I needed help, Pete was there ready to volunteer. He made the world a better place. My most sincere and heartfelt condolences to you and the family.

  • Mary Sue Case says:

    Isabelle and all the family,
    I will always treasure meeting Pete and enjoying all our times together… Whether it was Hawaii or traveling to San Francisco or local dinners at Habit and holiday dinners Timber’s were always so enjoyable. I know you all will miss Pete in your daily lives. He was such a wonderful gentle man. My sympathy to you all.
    Mary Sue

  • Norene Mozzetti says:

    Dear Isabel and family,

    Pete was a man of God. He walked in the footsteps of Christ everyday. He gave of himself fully to his family and friends. Pete was a gift from God to all of us. His wife Isabela was the love of his life. Rest in peace dear friend, watch over all of us.

  • Isabelle nelesen. says:

    Pete’s funeral was awesome. Father Jesus said a beautiful rosary, mass and homily. The Air Force honor guard was outstanding. The American flag was presented to me as a thank you for his service And sacrifice. Rest In Peace with God my love. Miss you so much. Love you.

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