Strate Funeral Home


James Clifton Nehls

December 29, 1944April 7, 2021

On Wednesday April 7, 2021 James Clifton Nehls 76 of Spokane Valley, Wa. passed away at his home. Jim was born December 29, 1944 in Yakima, Wa. to Herman and Lois Hausam Nehls. Jim spent his early years helping his father farm the dry land wheat ranch on the Horse Heaven near Prosser WA. After leaving the farm Jim drove fuel truck supplying farmers with fuel for their equipment most of his career around Ritzville, Sprague, and the Davenport Washington areas. Jim enjoyed his time off with fishing, Camping, hunting and golf. In his later years his heart kept him very close to home. He got a kick out of old stories and his cat Chester. Jim was preceded in death by his Father Herman Nehls his Mother Lois Nehls and two brothers, William (Bill) Nehls and Jerry Nehls. His daughter Malissa Nehls from his first marriage and second daughter Jeri Brook Nehls from his second marriage. Jim married third wife Barbara Nehls of Davenport, Wa. And had many good years together until cancer took her in 1999. Jim met fourth wife Gail O'Grady who just recently passed away February 13, 2021. Jim is survived by his brothers Ken Nehls and wife Rita of Pahrump, Nevada. Ray Nehls and wife Diane of Kennewick, Wa. Larry Nehls and wife Cheryl of Paterson, Wa. His first wife Barbara Goring Elliott of Monroe North Carolina, son Jim Nehls (Dee) of Albemarle, North Carolina. Daughter Tammy Harrington, Step Daughter Thena Brown (Ken) of Newman Lake, Wa., Step Son Monty Lindbloom (Theresa) of Edwall, Wa., Numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.


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Daren Nehls

May 8, 2021

Uncle Jim was such a great guy. When I was young he was the one that took me hunting for the first time and we would go fishing. Uncle Jim always treated me like a buddy not just a kid. I looked up to him He reminded me of James Dean he was so cool. He would let me drive his car in the Horse Heaven Hills by Patterson hunting pheasants. You will be missed I love you Uncle Jim.

Chris Tareski

April 16, 2021

Rest In Peace, Jim....What a pleasure to have known him....Always smiling and waving driving his fuel truck...chuckling at almost everything, and a sweet heart, and sweet smile...Not hard to be around at all....will remember the "deer runs" and the time just visiting in the back yard.....good memories.....

Thena Brown

April 15, 2021

Jim was married to my mom for 20 years. (Barbara) He loved me and I knew it. I will miss our conversations and the little laughs we shared. Rest In Peace Jimbo.

Jackie Ragan

April 9, 2021

Jim was my brother-in-law for many years. We shared fun times with his family . I’ll remember his smile that lit up his face. My thoughts & prayers are with you all. 🙏

Barbara Elliott

April 9, 2021

Jim was a very kindhearted and gentle man. We shared two wonderful children. I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family..