Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, at Osco Community Church, 311 Main St., Osco, followed by an interment at Andover Township Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday at Vandemore Funeral Home, 580 E. Ogden, Geneseo. Memorials may be made in care of Watermark Assembly of God, SAT-7 and Open Doors.
James was born on Aug. 28, 1955, in San Juan, Texas, to Pastor Holger and Beulah Henriksen Nielsen. On May 20, 1978, he married Naomi Louise Wendel.
He worked as a design draftsman and then for 30 years as an elevator programmer, first at Montgomery Elevator, then KONE elevator and finally Cetek. He also had his own farm business, "Jimmy's Veggies, 'Just Plain Good,'" raising vegetables, fruits and pastured poultry on his small farm through the years.
He was adventurous and hard working, building his family a house from scratch. James loved people and enjoyed playing his guitar for worship at his church. On June 1, 2011, Jim came home to grow veggies full-time in order to have more time with his family. He loved having fun with his family.
James will be greatly missed by his wife, Naomi (Wendel) Nielsen; his three daughters, Clara Nielsen, Krista Johnson and Katrina Nielsen; his son-in-law, Luke Johnson; and grandson, Tobias Johnson; his brother, Mark Nielsen (Susan); and sisters, Pauline Johnson, Rachel Randall (Ron), Annie Crane (Bob) and Ruth Kindred (Bruce); his mother-in-law, Florine Wendel; brother-in-law, Mark Wendel; sister-in-law, Melissa Smith; and his 12 nieces and nephews; and seven great-nieces and -nephews.
James was preceded in death by his parents; his youngest sister, Sara Watrous; his nephew, Daniel; and his niece, Chelsi Shaunte.
"James" comes from the name "Jacob." As his name means, Jim always wanted all that Jesus had for him. And as "Alvin" means, he was "beloved by all."
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