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James E. "Jim" Nelson

James E. “Jim” Nelson, 71, of St. Paul, died Monday, Nov. 1, 2010, at his home. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Christ Lutheran Church in St. Paul. The Rev. Thomas Clark will officiate. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church. Peters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Mr. Nelson was born on Aug. 18, 1939, on a farm northwest of St. Paul, the son of Ellis and Florence (Stahr) Nelson. He was united in marriage to Sondra J. Lucht on June 7, 1958, at the Christ Lutheran Church in St. Paul. He is survived by his wife, Sondra J. Nelson; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kim and Terry Kosmicki of St. Paul and Andrea and Russell Sutherland of St. Paul; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Karen McCord and Bev and George Dethlefs, all of St. Paul. He also leaves to cherish his memory, four grandchildren, Krystal Kosmicki, Ashley Kosmicki, Clark Kosmicki and Rilye Sutherland, all of St. Paul. Jim grew up on the family farm and attended District No. 4 Howard County rural school and graduated from St. Paul High School in 1958. He and Sondra lived throughout Nebraska while he worked for Missouri Valley in road construction. In the early 60’s they returned to St. Paul where they lived on an acreage south of St. Paul. Jim worked at the St. Paul Co-op Grain Association for 47 years, having just retired from the elevator this past August. He also fed cattle and goats for many years. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church. Jim enjoyed fishing and betting on the ponies and dogs. He had a great sense of humor and loved to tell stories and jokes and giving people nicknames. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandkids: the twins – “Dumb Bunnies” and Pedro and Padro. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Sandi Scheer; niece, Tonia McCord; nephew, Troy McCord; and his in-laws, Buck and Blondie Lucht. Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice.

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I was very saddened to read about Jim's passing in The Phonograph-Herald. I will always have fond memories of the days he and I spent together hunting, fishing and swimming in the river when we were kids. My prayers and sympathy go out to Jim's family.

Jim Svoboda Nov 11 2010 12:00 AM

Sondra and family. Our deepest Sympathy snd love to each of you Jim was a great guy. Keep your faith and memories closre to your heart they are Gods gifts. Dale Elaine, Jeff, Brandon, Macey Nowak.Take Care.

Elaine Nowak Nov 6 2010 12:00 AM

Sondra, Kim & Terry, Andrea & Russ, & families, We are very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. "Poopah" will never be forgotten, as we have some really good memories of a very extraordinary man! Hold onto those memories - they will get you through the tough times ahead. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

Tim & Bonnie Kosmicki & family Nov 4 2010 12:00 AM


Dean & Evelyn Mattley Nov 4 2010 12:00 AM

Sondra, so sorry to hear about Jim passing on, I always enjoyed seeing him when ever I was in town and will miss that alot, he was always fun to have a drink with and to lBS about anything. Best wishs to you and your family in this time of sorrow. Wayen Anderson

Wayne Anderson Nov 3 2010 12:00 AM

We are so sory for your loss. You are in our thoughts and payers. May God bless you at this special time.

Doug & Marti Fousek Nov 3 2010 12:00 AM

Sonie and family, we were so saddened to learn of Jim's passing. He ALWAYS brought a smile to my face and a laugh out loud, when he would ask me (everytime I saw him) if I was still married to that s-- of a b-----. Jim's dad and my dad were such good friends. He will be missed and we are thinking of you. Ken and Francie

Francie Rasmussen Ostermeier Nov 2 2010 12:00 AM