James "Jim" Nelson, who served on the Buffalo Fire Department for 43 years, 19 of which he was fire chief, died late last month. He was 84.
Nelson, who was born and raised in Buffalo, also served on the Buffalo City Council.
Nelson was deployed to the Philippine Islands serving on the United States Army shortly after graduating from Buffalo High School. Nelson held many jobs within the Buffalo community, ranging from ambulance driver and school bus driver for the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District, to owning his business, Nelson Auto Service in Soo Town for 35 years.
Jim was invited to join the Buffalo Rotary Club and received the Paul Harris Award for his service to the community. In 1998 Jim and his wife, Arlene Posthumus, were selected Honored Citizens of Buffalo.
Here are the most recent people to pass away in St. Michael-Albertville or who had ties to area. Click on the links to get more information.
Joseph Nicholaus Waxweiler, 80, Albertville, died Dec. 15, 2012
Kermit Douglas Holmquist, 93, Buffalo, died Dec. 16, 2012
Richard Hines, 65, Rockford, died Dec. 18, 2012
Lorraine Emma Dixon, 89, Buffalo, died Dec. 21, 2012
James "Jim" Hoeschen, 72, Buffalo, died Dec. 21, 2012
Kathleen Anna Ernst, 88, Buffalo, died Dec. 23, 2012
Rose Ann Klingelhoets, 80, Buffalo, died Dec. 25, 2012
Elmer Kuntz. Buffalo, died Dec. 25, 2012
Elsie J. Mutterer, 96, Rockford, died Dec. 26, 2012
Virginia Larson, 96, Monticello, died Dec. 29, 2012
Gerald Wallace Moe, 82, Buffalo, died Dec. 30, 2012
Lloyd Edward Kohnen, 89, Albertville, died Jan. 2, 2012
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