JAMES HOWARD NELSON, age 70, of Magnolia, died Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at his home. He was born February 21, 1949, in Luverne, to Donald and Ann (Howard) Nelson. He graduated from Magnolia High School in 1967. Jim then attended Worthington Junior College before graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.
Jim married Jane Aanenson on August 30, 1968, at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. The couple lived in Magnolia for a year before moving to Marshall for Jim to attend school. After college, he worked at the Luverne Elevator. He then taught school in Magnolia and substitute taught in Luverne. Jim began farming in the Magnolia area with his family in 1976. In 1991, they moved to their current farmstead south of Magnolia.
Jim’s true passion was his family. He loved spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He enjoyed shopping trips to Menards, snuggling and playing with the grandkids, attending all his children and grandchildren’s sporting events and numerous other activities. Jim also enjoyed reading, fishing, golfing, Sudoku, woodworking, carpentry, working side by side with his family, traveling to new places, and a good steak. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. He will be remembered for his love, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Jim is survived by his wife, Jane Nelson, Magnolia; three children, Chad (Jennifer) Nelson, Magnolia; Corey (Jodi) Nelson, Luverne; and Susan (Travis) Bullerman, Luverne; eight grandchildren, Taylor Nelson, Jaxon Nelson, Mallory Nelson, Tenley Nelson, Makena Nelson, James Bullerman, Jenna Bullerman and Jacob Bullerman; two sisters, Patricia (Dave) Dede, Sioux Falls, SD; and Jean (Gary) Nelson-Anderson, Hanley Falls; and a brother, Stanley Nelson, Sioux Falls, SD.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Jim will be greatly missed by his family.
Visitation will be from 2-6 pm Sunday at the Dingmann Funeral Home in Luverne; and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Funeral will be 10:30 am Monday at Grace Lutheran Church, in Luverne, officiated by Pastor Ron Nichols. Burial will be in the Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
A scholarship fund will be established in Jim’s name in the near future.