Alamo, TX - James Herman Nelson, born on May 28, 1931 in Cherokee, passed away Monday, February 4, 2013 at his residence in Alamo, at the age of 81. James married Esther Lee Wallace on July 18, 1952 in Cherokee, and the couple had just celebrated their 60th anniversary in July.
James graduated from Aurelia High School in Aurelia, IA in 1950. He later attended and graduated from Wayne State Teachers College in Wayne, NE with a BA degree in 1958, Iowa State University in Ames, IA. With a MS degree in 1971. Among his many accomplishments he was a teacher at a Middle School and taught High School Science, he coached baseball & girl's junior high basketball was a school administrator, nursing home administrator and was a farm & home store manager and served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955 during the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife , Esther Lee Nelson, three sons, David (Marisa) of San Francisco, CA; Bret (Stari) of Cedar Falls, IA; Carey (Christy) of Alamo, TX; 3 grandchildren, Joshua Nelson , Arielle and Ingrid Nelson; 2 sisters, Donna Blake of Spirit Lake, IA, Ruby Laursen of Kansas City, MO; nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1105 W. Fern Ave. McAllen, TX.
Jim was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather who loved life and friends and was happy in his work and play. He had numerous hobbies and interests, first among them dancing with his wife (frequently on retirement); enjoyed playing golf, fishing with his grandson, cards, reading and exercise (walking and on trend mills.) He most certainly would want us to celebrate his life, not mourn his passing, but we will sorely miss his broad smile and infectious laugh.
Services are entrusted to Skinner-Silva Funeral Home of Pharr, TX.