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James "Jim" Nelson, 61, of Park Rapids, passed away peacefully at Essentia Health in Fargo, N.D. Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

Jim was born June 29, 1953 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Park Rapids, to Bernard and Barbara Nelson of Hibbing. He was the first child of six.

Jim attended public school in Hibbing and graduated from Hibbing High School in 1972. He moved to Park Rapids in 1982, where he was employed at RDO/Lamb Weston for over 24 years, retiring from the plant May 18, 2014. He also helped in the construction of the plant in 1981.

Jim was a Coca-Cola collector, he also liked to collect Avon, old cars, trains, and stamps. He enjoyed going to the Grand Rapids Car Show every year, attending 39 annual shows. He enjoyed spoiling the grandkids, camping at Mantrap, fixing cars, woodworking, spending time with family and friends, reading western books, and attending special events such as the births of his grandchildren, birthdays, school plays, baptisms and holidays. Family was one of his top priorities.

Jim is survived by his parents, Bernard and Barbara Nelson of Hibbing; sons Patrick of Park Rapids and Bruce of Fargo, N.D.; daughters Sara of Park Rapids and Misty (James Rivers) of Park Rapids; brothers, Kent (Marlyn) of Hibbing, Reed of Hibbing, Scott (Linda) of Park Rapids; sister, Jeannine of Chisholm; sister-in-law, Viki of Chisholm; grandchildren, Gabe, Alexis, Jesse, Kellsie, Elijah, Destiny, Kaleigh, Levi, Jordan, Hailey, and Leland all of Park Rapids; and many nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his brother, Terry of Chisholm; grandparents, Gunder and Bessie Nelson of Park Rapids; and grandparents, Douglas and Ruth Brotherton of Portland, Ore.

Visitation: Two hours prior to the service on Friday at the Jones Pearson Funeral Home.

Funeral service: 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1 at Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids, with Rev. Steve Norby officiating.

Active casketbearers: James Rivers, Chad Suggs, Scott Nelson, Patrick Nelson, Reed Nelson, Kent Nelson, Tom Leubner.

Honorary casketbearers: Sara Nelson, Misty Rivers and Bruce Shumway.

Interment: Lake Emma Cemetery.

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