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Jim Nelson

April 10, 1943 ~ December 1, 2022 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Obituary

James Edward Nelson Sr., 79, of Burlington, died Thursday, December 1, 2022, at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

Born April 10, 1943, in Burlington, Iowa, he was the son of Arthur and Nelly Janzen Nelson. On January 1, 1967, he married Marsha Larkins in Burlington. 

He graduated from Burlington High School then attended Iowa State for two years. 

Jim was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving during the Vietnam War from July 14, 1966 until April 15, 1968.

Jim's father Arthur, built and started operating the Dairy Queen stores in Burlington in 1947. In 1968, the stores were bought by Jim and Ron and it has been family owned and operated ever since. Jim loved his work and would drive by everyday to check on the stores. 

When Jim was younger, he enjoyed going hunting and water skiing. He loved going to the casino and play craps, bowling, golfing, ice fishing, and playing cards and other games. Jim watched the news and weather everyday so he would know what to expect at the stores. He loved to travel, especially to Florida with his wife. Jim attended all activities for his grandchildren and loved to take them on trips.

Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Marsha; three children, Jimmy Nelson, Dawn (Matt) Rogerson and Heather (Edwin) Ellis; eight grandchildren, Morgan (Jarrett) Sykes, Reagan (Jaron) Atteberry, Nathan Nelson, Keaton Chambers, Taran (Michaela) Nelson, Kimber Ellis, Colt Ellis, and Kobe Chambers, four great-grandchildren; sister, Caroline Hoover; sister-in-law, Carolyn Nelson; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Robert and Ronald and one niece, Connie. 

Visitation will be from noon until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at Prugh Funeral Service, 3940 Division St.

The funeral service for Mr. Nelson will be 10:00 AM Thursday, December 8, 2022, at Prugh Funeral Service, 3940 Division St.. Full military honors will be rendered by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard.  Burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.  A time of food and fellowship will be held in the community room at Prugh Funeral Service following the burial.

A memorial has been established for St. Jude's Children's Hospital. 

To send flowers to the family, please visit our floral store.


Services

Visitation
Wednesday
December 7, 2022

12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Prugh Funeral Service
3940 Division
Burlington, IA 52601

Family Receive Friends
Wednesday
December 7, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Prugh Funeral Service
3940 Division
Burlington, IA 52601

Funeral Service
Thursday
December 8, 2022

10:00 AM
Prugh Funeral Service
3940 Division
Burlington, IA 52601

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