Traverse City Record-Eagle


November 2, 2013

Leo V. Nothstine

MANCELONA — Professor Leo V. Nothstine, of Mancelona, passed away on Oct. 29, 2013, at the age of 97 years, two months and 10 days.

Leo Nothstine was born on Aug. 19, 1916, in Mancelona, to the late Ray M. and Wilma (Johnson) Nothstine, both of Mancelona. He married Laura Florence Bartholow, of Coffeyville, Kan., on June 7, 1941.

Leo Nothstine graduated from Mancelona High School in 1934. He studied civil engineering at Michigan State University and graduated in 1938. He studied for his master’s degree in steel and concrete construction at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., where he met his wife, Laura Florence Bartholow.

He taught briefly at Texas Tech, worked for Martin Aircraft in Baltimore, Md., and Ford Consolidated Aircraft at Willow Run, designing B-24 modifications during World War II. Following the war he worked for Gould Engineering in Grand Blanc and then signed on as a professor of civil engineering and land surveying at Michigan State University in East Lansing, where he remained for 35 years until he retired in 1981.

Leo and Florence moved to their summer home at Big Twin Lake near Mancelona and wintered in Bonita Springs and Naples, Fla., and traveled to visit their children and grandchildren near home and in far corners of the world.

Leo’s first wife, Florence, died July 21, 1991, at Big Twin Lake. In 1992 he married Rebecca (Mavety) Thompkins, a high school friend from Mancelona, and was married to her for 18 years. She died on Oct. 31, 2010, in Naples, Fla.

Leo Nothstine is survived by his sister, Thelma “Molly” (Nothstine) Kresnak, of Bellaire; his brother, Jack R. Nothstine and sister-in-law, Zelda (Kuhn) Nothstine, of Naples, Fla.; his four children, Thomas Nothstine and daughter-in-law, Marja (Bohling), of Mt. Pleasant, William Nothstine, of Mancelona, Charles Nothstine and daughter-in-law, Cynthya (Gentry) Nothstine, of Williamsburg, Va., and James Nothstine and daughter-in-law, Mary (Lusk) Nothstine, of Mancelona. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Krista (Nothstine) King and her husband, Josh King, Kurt Nothstine and his wife, Christine (McKinnon) Nothstine, Kyle Nothstine and his wife, Brandy (Mack) Nothstine, Kent Nothstine, Douglas Nothstine and his wife, Heather (Canada) Nothstine, Jack Nothstine and his wife, Jenny (Anderson) Nothstine, Ray Nothstine and Chris Nothstine and his wife, Lisa (Lawton) Nothstine. He is also the great-grandfather of Amelia and Nadia King, Leo, Marla and Zelda, Sara and Axel, Jacob and Leah, Gwyneth and Barrett, and Evelyn and Charlotte, all Nothstines; and step great-grandfather to Xavier King and Dakota Mack.

A memorial service for Leo and Florence will be held at Pathway Community Church, 416 South Williams (US 131), Mancelona, MI, on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at 2:30 p.m.

Please sign Leo’s guestbook at

The Mancelona Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes is handling the arrangements.

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