Jim Howard Nelson, 70, Magnolia, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, at his home.
A funeral service was Monday, Sept. 9, at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. Burial followed at the Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.
Jim Nelson was born Feb. 21, 1949, to Donald and Ann (Howard) Nelson in Luverne. 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 Aug. 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 was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. He loved spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren and attending their sporting events and 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.
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, South Dakota, and Jean (Gary) Nelson-Anderson, Hanley Falls; and a brother, Stanley Nelson, Sioux Falls.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A scholarship fund will be established in Jim’s name in the near future.
Arrangements were provided by Dingmann Funeral Home of Luverne, dingmannandsons.com.