Etny C. “Nick” Nequette, 98, of St. Cloud, Minn., and formerly of Virginia, died June 18, 2013 in St. Cloud.

He was born to Claude and Dessa (Maranger) Feb. 7, 1915, in Stillwater, Minn. He moved to Virginia as a youngster.

He married Jeanette Schoumaker on April 18, 1953, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud.

He was a “submariner” in the U.S. Navy for 20 years from 1935 to 1955, and saw many missions during this time. He was a well-known boxer for the Navy and became a coach and authority on boxing technique and history.

He graduated from St. Cloud State in 1960 with a master of science degree in education. He then attended the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1967 with a master of arts degree. He taught at Anoka Ramsey Junior College for 20 years until retiring. He was a member of the Retired Educators Association of Minnesota, the Navy Fleet Reserve and a lifetime member of St. Cloud VFW Post 428.

He often returned to the Iron Range for family visits and stated that when he thought of home, he thought of Virginia and the Iron Range. Thus a portion of his ashes have been returned to the Range.

“Nothing gives us more courage and hope to face life’s uncertainties than to remember our moments of glory ... and we all had a few.”

Survivors include his nephew, Ken (Linda) Nequette of Virginia and niece Corinne (Bill) Thompson of Palo.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette; brother, Kenneth; and nephew, Michael Nequette.


A memorial service with full military honors was held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 24, 2013.

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