Morton Nesmith, 81

September 11, 2023

A combined service will be held for Morton Nesmith and his son Robbie of Baudette, MN, and Minnestrista, MN, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Baudette on Tuesday, the 12th of September at 11 a.m.

Morton (Mort) Nesmith Jr. was born May 14th, 1942, and passed away September 3rd, 2023 at the age of 81. He was born to Morton and Mary Elizabeth Nesmith in Washington, D.C., growing up there, graduating from high school, and enlisting in the U.S. Air Force.

His first permanent duty assignment brought him to Baudette, MN, in 1961, a place that quickly became home after meeting and marrying Joan Goodwin. Additional Air Force assignments included short tours to Galena (Campion AFS), Alaska, and Vietnam (Tan Son Nhut AB). Other tours included Tyndall (Panama City) and Grand Forks AFB, ND.

During his long and decorated career performance, he served in Electronics, Missile Field Site Management, and Vietnam Bomb Distribution, where he earned medals with Valor designations. He served his country for over 22 years.

Highly energetic, he always worked side jobs such as carpentry and building to help support his family. He started and owned several small businesses, including Mort's Boat Shop, co-owner of Lake-O-Woods Marine, and finally, Mort's Heating Inc.

Mort was a car enthusiast ever since he started driving, owning countless cars over the years and enjoying NASCAR.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Joan, and most recently his youngest son, Robbie (Brenda) Nesmith (Minnetrista, MN).

Survived by sons Stephen (LeAnn) Nesmith and Barry (Constance) Nesmith of Baudette, and only daughter, Jaimi (Nathanael) Myer of Fairbanks, AK; grandchildren: Corinne (Bryce) Palm; Naomi, Jonathan, Joel, Natalie, Jake, and John Myer of Fairbanks, AK., and sister-in-law, Michelle (Leo) Paradise, Baudette, MN., niece, Shonna (Darin) Dahl and great niece and nephew, Courtney (Nash) Hanevold, and Victor Dahl.

Memorials preferred to the Lake of the Woods Humane Society.