James Severin "Jim" Nelson

James Severin "Jim" Nelson, age 83, of Philip, died Monday, October 15, 2007, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

James Severin Nelson was born May 3, 1924, the son of Nestor and Anna (Hovland) Nelson, at the O.N. Hauge ranch at Powell, South Dakota. He attended grade school at Old Trail School. Jim attended high school at Philip High School, graduated in 1942 as valedictorian of his class and received a scholarship to School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City. After attending one semester, Jim answered his country's call to duty and enlisted in the Army Air Force on December 12, 1942. After attending flight school, Jim was assigned to the 755th Bombardment Wing, 15th AF stationed at Foggia, Italy, where he was a veteran of 21 combat missions as a pilot flying B-24 Bombers. After his discharge on November 11, 1945, he returned home and went into the ranching business with his family on the Hauge ranch.

On December 28, 1948, Jim was united in marriage to Marion Jewel Hoag at Rapid City. They made their home at the ranch east of Powell, where they raised cattle and a family of six daughters and one son. In 1978, they moved to Philip where they managed the Thunderbird Motel. In 1981, they worked for Motel 6 managing several motels around the country. Returning to Philip in 1983, they retired to enjoy their Golden Years. Jim and Marion enjoyed traveling to visit their children in the various parts of the country and visiting and playing cards with the "boys" at the card room in Philip. He was an active member for many years in the Haakon County Republican Parts and Haakon County Farm Bureau. Jim served on the Board of Directors of the hospital under Lutheran Homes and was a member of the Wheeler-Brooks Post #173 of the American Legion. He was active in the Presbyterian Church of Philip, serving as an Elder for many years until his death on October 15, 2007.

Jim is survived by his wife Marion of Philip; five daughters Beth Flom and her husband Dave of Midland, Jeanne Hansen and her husband Eric of Port Angeles, Washington, Kay Modde and her husband Tim of Vernal, Utah, Ruth Zebroski and her husband Fred of Lander, Wyoming, and Sue Titus and her husband Bob of Westboro, Massachusetts; one son Mark Nelson and his wife Karen of Philip; seventeen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; a son-in-law Bob Fortune of Belvidere; one brother Martin Nelson and his wife Vera of Philip; one sister Norma Nelson of Rapid City; thirteen nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Jim was preceded in death by a daughter Joan Marie Fortune; three grandchildren; one great-grandson; his parents; one brother, one sister in infancy; and his great-uncle Olaf Hauge.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, at the Rush Funeral Home in Philip, and one hour preceding the services at the church on Friday.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 19, at the United Church in Philip, with Pastor Mark Ford officiating.

Interment with military honors will be 2:30 p.m. Friday, October 19, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with Father Tim Hoag officiating.

A memorial is established.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com


Friday, October 19, 2007 10:00 a.m.

United Church

Philip, South Dakota


Pastor Mark Ford


Sally Jankord - Pianist

Barb Bowen - Vocalist

"How Great Thou Art"

"Just A Closer Walk With Thee"

Congregational Hymn

"Amazing Grace"


Dan Nelson - Tim Nelson - Jerry Nelson

Mike Nelson - Jeff Nelson


Dave Flom - Eric Hansen

Tim Modde - Bob Fortune

Fred Zebroski - Bob Titus


All Relatives and Friends in Attendance


Friday, October 19, 2007 - 2:30 p.m.

Black Hills National Cemetery

Sturgis, South Dakota

Father Tim Hoag officiating