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James Nelson, 88, of Oberon, ND, passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at Heartland Care Center, Devils Lake, ND. 

James Nelson was born on March 24, 1932, to Hartley and Mabel (Christianson) Nelson at Oberon, ND.  He was raised there, and graduated from Benson County Agricultural School in Maddock, ND in 1952.  On April 18th, 1953, he married Anne Marie Lindstrom at Oberon. Together, they raised 3 children.

James farmed and ranched from an early age, raising cattle and crops.  He still had his cattle up until last year.  He became a resident of the Heartland Care Center in Devils Lake in 2017.

James’ loved traveling, fishing, gardening, and visiting with family and friends.  He loved all of his family trips with his children!  He was a well-known, respected, and active member in the Oberon community, and served that community in many capacities including mayor and on the fire Department.  James also served on the Board of the Oberon Farmers Elevator.  He was an active member of the Calvary Lutheran Church of Oberon and the Devils Lake Elks Lodge.  James was a great supporter of the Desperado Band, which both his sons were members of, and loved traveling to hear them play.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne Marie and parents, Hartley and Mabel (Christianson) Nelson, step-mother, Florence Nelson, sisters Vivian Hegland, Wanda Paulson, and Dallas Erickson, and brothers Wayne Nelson and Glenn Nelson.

James is survived by his two sons, David (Bonnie) Nelson, Devils Lake, ND, and Carlyle (Dianne) Nelson, Newtown, CT; his daughter, Nancy (Keith) Tweten, Grand Island, NE; brother, Mayo Nelson, of Oregon, six grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Monday, November 23, 2020from 9:00AM – 5:00PM at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford.

Graveside Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at 11:00AM at Hillside Cemetery, Oberon, ND.

Burial will be at the Hillside Cemetery, Oberon, ND.

Posted Condolences:


  1. So sorry for your loss he was the best of the best

  2. Our deepest sympathy during this difficult time.

  3. Gary and I are so sorry for your loss of a special man. He is with his lovely Anne Marie now. God’s blessings to all.

  4. Jimmy and Anne Marie were part of my life growing up in Oberon and yes such great people. May God be with all the family and we send our love. Bob and Shelley Drummond McMaster

  5. So sorry to see that Jimmie has passed away. He was one of our
    family at the school house of Oberon! Many good time were had
    there with class mates! Will sure miss seeing him and Anne when
    I am up there! Send all my love to the family! Carol

  6. So sorry to hear that Jim passed away. We have many memories of Jimmy going back to OGS and BCATS and the 65 years since those school days. Jimmy and Anne Marie were such an important part of our community for all of those years. They will be missed and not forgotten.

  7. So sad to hear of Jim’s passing. Many Years and great memories of shore fishing On Devils Lake with Jim and Anne . Oberon lost a good one .

  8. It was so sad to hear of Jimmie’s passing. He will be remembered as a wonderful guy who always had a smile and enjoyed a good story – I can hear his quiet laugh now! He enjoyed life and shared it with others so willingly.

  9. My sincerest sympathy in the loss of a fine and gentle man who had such a quiet disposition and a ready smile.


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