James F. Nelson, age 74 of Phoenix, Arizona and Glenwood, Minnesota, died, May 22, 2010 in Phoenix. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, June 4, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glenwood. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Glenwood. Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood.
James F. Nelson, son of Alfred and Lillian (Gunhus) Nelson, was born on April 20, 1936 in Faribault, Minnesota. Jim graduated high school in Owatonna and in 1959 obtained a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Jim married Phyllis Ehret on July 22, 1961 and graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 1963.
Jim's legal career, which spanned almost 40 years, began in Minneapolis at the law firm of Schermer and Gensler. In 1964, Jim and Phyllis moved to Hallock where Jim joined the law firm of Brink, Sobolik, Severson and Nelson. In March 1967, Jim purchased an interest in the Winter Law Firm and the Nelson family moved to Glenwood where Jim practiced until retirement. He specialized in estate planning and personal injury litigation. The firm is now known as Nelson, Kuhn and Nordmeyer Ltd.
Jim was a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the 16th Judicial District Bar Association where he was a President and Officer, and the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association. In 1988, Jim was one of 100 Minnesota attorneys to attain the designation of Certified Civil Trial Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association specializing in civil trial advocacy.
Jim's community involvement included providing legal counsel to the Glenwood School District, and membership in the Glenwood Lions Club, Glenwood Jaycees, Knights of Columbus, Minnewaska Golf Club, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever and the Glenwood Chamber of Commerce. Jim was on the Board of Directors of Eagle Bank from 1980 to 2001 and served as the Pope County Attorney from 1982 to 1986. Jim was also a member of and legal advisor to the Union Hills Country Club and a member of Palmbrook Country Club in Sun City, Arizona.
Jim enjoyed outdoor activities including fishing for walleye, trout and salmon, golf, hunting deer, elk, pheasant, and ducks, waterskiing, snow skiing, and snowmobiling. His fishing, hunting, and skiing trips took him to Lake of the Woods and the Northwest Angle, the Northwest Territories in Canada, the port of Duluth and Isle Royale in Lake Superior, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. To further promote his fishing hobbies, Jim obtained his charter boat license from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2002.
Jim also loved to play poker, read and travel with Phyllis. Jim and Phyllis' travels took them to Norway, Arizona, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Mexico, Florida, Alaska, New York, the Black Hills and numerous other fun places.
Jim died Saturday, May 22, 2010, at Hospice of Arizona in Peoria, AZ, following a three year battle with prostate cancer.
Jim is survived by Phyllis, his wife of 48 years; his son, Jeff (Michelle) of North Branch; his son, Steve (Kristin) of Shakopee; his daughter, Pamela of Minneapolis; his brother, Dewey of Morris; and grandchildren Janna Lundein, Bethany Hanson, Mackenzie Nelson, Connor Hanson, Arianna Nelson, Fiona Nelson, Julian Nelson and Alijah Nelson; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law, Phyllis Nelson and nephew, Douglas Biteler.
Donations can be made to American Cancer Society or Ducks Unlimited.