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James Nelson

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James R. Nelson, 77, South St. Paul, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022.
Jim grew up in Hills, a small town in Southwest Minnesota, surrounded by uncles and aunts. The family moved to Luverne in 1960 with Jim graduating from Luverne High School in 1962.
Jim spent a lot of time as a young man on farms helping his mother’s family, as he had a real fondness for rural farm life.
Jim proudly served his country as an airplane mechanic in Thailand during the Vietnam War.
 Jim’s role as a father to his two children, Richard and Kristin, brought him the most joy, along with the times he shared with his beloved mother, the late Alyce Nelson. Jim had a deep fondness for the heartland where he was raised.
Memorial Day held special meaning for Jim, as he commemorated his father’s (the late Morton Nelson) service in World War II and would annually attend a small parade in Hills, Minnesota, to honor his role, as well as thatof his dad.
The simple pleasure of going for breakfast was a daily practice Jim rarely missed. He greatly appreciated those who kept his coffee warm on the coldest of days, when he would arrive with merely a windbreaker on to greet them with his infectious smile and warm sense of humor.
Jim is survived by his son Richard of Eagan, Minnesota, daughter Kristin of Boca Raton, Florida, and grandson Sean. His brother Paul (Robin), sister Charlotte (Richard Trende), sister Laurie (Jim Fox), brother Dan (Lori) along with many nieces, nephews, and their children.
Jim chose his final resting place among his fellow soldiers at Fort Snelling.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, November 4. Afterward, family and friends are welcome to attend an open house luncheon from 12-2 p.m. at the Croatian Hall, 445 2nd Ave South, South St Paul, MN 55075.
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