Jim Nelson

Obituary of Jim Nelson

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of James C. Nelson of Trochu. Jim passed away peacefully at St. Mary’s Healthcare Centre in Trochu at the age of 94 years.

Jim was the third son of Leonard and Anna Nelson. He grew up on the family farm at Rumsey, attending school at Two Valley View, Anthill and Rowley. After completing school Jim attended Tech in Calgary, studying agriculture mechanics. Jim met the love of his life, Maureen, in Calgary. Mom and Dad were married June 10, 1950 and returned to Rumsey to take over the farm.

Jim was a man of few words and many talents. He had a passion for farming, repairing anything and everything and restoring antique vehicles, he passed this love along to his son Reg and many hours were spent in the shop tinkering on their projects.

Dad was very proud to call Rumsey home, he was a member of the Rumsey Ag Society and was instrumental in the building of the Agri-Plex and Community Hall. Jim took great pride in everything he did especially being a Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa. He was affectionately known as “Uncle Jimmy” to everyone in the Rumsey community.

Jim and Maureen moved to Trochu in 2007. They resided there until 2016, at which time they took up residence at the Chateau, in Three Hills, before moving to St. Mary’s Healthcare Centre, Trochu in 2019.

Greeting Jim in heaven are his loving wife Maureen, who passed away in October 2021 after 71 ½ years together; his beloved son Reg; his parents Leonard and Anna; brothers and sisters-in-law Lowell and Lizzie, Bud and Margaret; his sister and brother-in-law Ida and Sanford Sydness; In-laws Wilfred, Susan and Peggy Pineau and a host of wonderful extended family and friends.

Left to cherish the memories of a long life well lived are: 4 daughters and their husbands, Sharon (Lorne) Wagstaff, Wendy (Manley) Dettmer, Kathy (Norman) D’arcy, Nancy (Glen) Riep; daughter-in-law Sheila Nelson; brother Bill (Yvonne) Nelson; 13 cherished grandchildren, Darcy (Nicola) Wagstaff, Dennis (Jessie) Wagstaff, Ryan (Denny) Dettmer, Chad (Ashley) Dettmer, Travis D’arcy, Derek (Lisa) D’arcy, Joel (Lesley) Riep, Jaclyn (Brad) Alexander, Curtis (Leanne) Riep, Matt (Mandy) Nelson, Colby (Lisa) Nelson, Emily (Steve) Nelson, Julie (Brett) Nelson; and 20 treasured great-grandchildren Kennedy (Alix), Keegan (Jordyn), Kiera, Parker, Peyton, Colten and Rory Wagstaff, Turner, Nash, Harper and Bentley Dettmer, Declan and Carver D’arcy, Emelia, Bennett, Eddison and Sullivan Alexander, Finn and Max Riep, Owen Reginald James Nelson, and two more will join the family soon. Numerous nieces and nephews of whom “Uncle Jimmy” was very fond.

Memorial donations may be made to Rumsey Ag Society or St. Mary’s Foundation, Trochu.


Celebration of Life

2:00 pm
Thursday, June 2, 2022
Rumsey Community Hall
Railway Ave
Rumsey, Alberta, Canada
An informal gathering to honour the lives of Jim & Maureen Nelson
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