James D. Nelson, age 86 of Hayward, died Tuesday, November 8, 2011 surrounded by his family at Waters Edge Care Center in Hayward.
James Dwight was born May 5, 1925 in Minneapolis, MN, the son of Earl and Anne (Egnell) Nelson. He grew up in the neighborhoods of Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet. He guided canoe trips and enjoyed fishing, tennis and skiing during his youth. Jim enlisted in 1942 in the Army Air Forces, and upon graduation from West High School, Minneapolis in 1943, he served 2.5 years for our country in Cincinnati, OH, Fort Worth, TX, and Savannah, GA. As a First Lieutenant, Jim was a navigator in B-17 bombers. Upon discharge, Jim attended the University of Minnesota, receiving a mechanical engineering degree in 1950.
Jim spent his occupational career in design and sales of industrial fans. He started in Kalamazoo, Michigan with Clarage Fans, transferred to NYC, and married Marie Desborough Nelson in 1955 in Bronxville, NY. Their 3 children were born in Bronxville. With Clarage Fans, Jim moved to Los Altos, Ca. until 1967. He formed a short-lived partnership that relocated the family to Woodland Hills, CA. Jim moved his family to Minnesota in 1969 where Jim worked for Barry Blower Company and Peavey Company where the family lived on Lake Virginia in Excelsior. In 1988 Jim and Marie moved to Jackson, MI, where Jim worked until he retired in 1990.
Jim and Marie moved to Hayward, Wisconsin where they have spent 20 happy years at their home on Lake Hayward. Jim loved fishing, tennis and bowling and was active in all these activities in Hayward. He was an active member of the men’s group at Hayward Wesleyan Church.
Jim gave time volunteering. In Excelsior, he built canoes for inner city youth programs, allowing them the opportunity to enjoy the water that was so important to Jim during his life. In Hayward, Jim delivered Meals on Wheels and volunteered with Fishing Has No Boundaries, assisting physically and mentally challenged people to fish.
He is survived by his wife Marie; children; James D. (Lisa) Nelson, Jr., (Wayzata, MN), Karen (Nick) Morrison (Ketchum, ID), and Kurt Nelson (New Hope, MN); grandchildren Luke D. Morrison, James D. Nelson III, Lynn Nelson; step-grandchildren: Jane Morrison, Ted Morrison, Sage Morrison, Sasha Gohde, Catherine Norris, Elizabeth Beltrand, Erik and Rachel Smith and 12 step-great grandchildren; sister Betty Delles (Sutter Creek, CA.). He was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Anne Nelson (Minneapolis).
The family will hold private memorial services in the early summer in Minneapolis and Hayward.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Hayward Wesleyan Church Benevolence Fund, Meals on Wheels or Fishing Has No Boundaries, in Hayward, Wisconsin.
Pineview Funeral Service in Hayward is assisting Jim’s family with the arrangements.