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Nelson, James A., 67 years

Nelson James

Date of Birth: 08/19/1949

Date of Death: 01/04/2017

Services:  A Memorial Mass will be said at Sacred Heart Church in Omaha on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 5 PM. Everyone is invited to attend. A Celebration of Life is also being planned for a future date.

On January 4, 2017 the gates of Heaven swung open to welcome a good and faithful servant, Jim Nelson. Jim had a servant heart and served his community well. He excelled in athletics in track and wrestling eventually earning a wrestling scholarship to UNO after graduating from Bellevue High School.

His greatest contribution was his media talents, developed over the years first working at all the local affiliates of the networks, then as owner of Jim Nelson Media Services through which he developed many programs to serve youth such as Video Kool Skool. One of the projects which gave him much personal and professional satisfaction was reimagining the local public access station, KPAO, into a viable and sustaining public service. Throughout his illness he continued to direct and manage the station utilizing the services of many volunteers who shared his vision for the station.

Jim leaves behind his wife of 18 years, Elizabeth Nelson, a son, Michael and his mother, Polly, grandsons Michael and Hayden, two sisters Bernadette of San Antonio and Pamela of Irving, Texas, and many close friends from high school, college and his professional life. He learned his communication skills and affable nature from his parents, the late James A Nelson, Sr., and Lorene Nelson and credits his mother with putting the first video camera in his hands.

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  • Kirk Winkler

    Jim was, quite simply, a great good man--a craftsman, a teacher, and friend. He worked hard to make the people around him, and especially those who worked for or under him, better at what they did and who they were. Rest In Peace, and greatest condolences to Elizabeth and the rest of his family.

  • Eris L. Mackey

    Jim was such a passionate man about videos and also about his life. He always took the time to teach no matter what your background was . There was no limit to the things that you might learn from him but he also took the time to learn from you also . Always pushing others forward to gain their maximum abilities . He was the driving force to many young people in our community teaching them about media and how it affects the whole entire community . Teaching that you can become the eyes of your community you can change your mindset of those who never knew. I feel a sadness inside but a happiness to know one of the last things he said is that the next scene that he would be doing God was the director . Rest in heaven my friend your work here is done .

  • Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church

    We pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief.
    We send you thoughts of comfort.

  • Michelle Erlenbusch

    Jim was such an inspiration to me and so many people. I love you my friend

  • Jodi (Finch) Freeman

    As so many have said, Jim was one of a kind. A friend and mentor to hundreds. I will never forget his kindness, and will be forever grateful to him for taking me under his wing all those many years ago. I will miss him dearly.

  • Charlie Cogar

    Jim was the consummate media communications professional. He worked at every network television affiliate in the Omaha market; corporate communications at Northwestern Bell, ran his own business and brought television education to the youth of North Omaha; taught at Metropolitan Community College, and pioneered public access television at the city's first television station, KPAO-TV.

    Always a gentleman, he touched many people. Truly a plain old "nice guy" who new his stuff. He will be missed.

    Sincere blessings to his family.

    Charlie Cogar

  • Robert Bradshaw

    Rest In Peace, my brother

  • Kay Peters

    RIP Jim, I only met you once but felt like I had an instant friend.

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