OBITUARY

Jim Nicholson

October 24, 1942March 14, 2013

Beloved husband, father, and grandfather James (Jim) Otto Nicholson, age 70, was called home by Our Lord on March 14, 2013 in Austin, Texas.

Jim was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on October 24, 1942, to James and Ruth Nicholson. He grew up in St. Cloud, Minesota. Upon graduating from high school, Jim joined the U.S. Navy, serving from 1961 until 1963. Following his service, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Soon after, Jim met his future wife, Linda Lee Lehrke, and they married on October 12, 1968.

Jim enjoyed a distinguished thirty-eight year career with IBM in computer design and development. His dedication and contributions as an executive were recognized by his peers as integral in helping to establish IBM as a leader in the computer industry. Jim retired from IBM in 2005 and began a new adventure as a Technical Fellow at AMD. In 2008, Jim left AMD to devote more time to his favorite role as Grandpa Extraordinaire.

An active member of his community and church, Jim’s volunteer roles included service as Little League baseball commissioner, church elder, superintendent of Sunday Schools, and Bible Study Fellowship discussion leader and children's leader.

Jim was most proud of his family and personal life. Despite his busy schedule, Jim was always there for his wife and children. He coached many of his children’s sports teams and was a loving father and husband. In retirement, he spent a significant amount of time with his grandchildren and other family members. Jim loved traveling with his wife and taking annual ski trips with his friends.

Jim is survived by Linda, his wife of 44 years; son, Jim Nicholson and his wife, Nicole, of Boerne, TX; daughter, Marianne Rader and her husband, Joe, of Georgetown, TX; granddaughter, Elle Nicholson; grandsons, Ben Nicholson, Joey Rader, and Cole Rader; sisters, Nancy Brausen, Joan Ellens, Audrey Ziebol, Pat Chilgren, and Shirley Fohner; brother, Bob Nicholson; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.

A funeral service and reception will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1500 W. Anderson Lane in Austin at 1:00 PM. Jim's final resting place will be the Waukenabo Cemetery in Minnesota.

Memorials may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1500 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757. Redeemer has been an important part of Jim’s life and faith for more than thirty years. We are thankful for Jim’s life and for the impact he has had on others.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, March 19, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 19, 2013
REMEMBERING

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Nancy Weaver

March 18, 2013

Linda,
I am so sorry,and if I can do anything please let me know.

Phil Weaver

March 18, 2013

Linda,
I was shocked to hear of Jim's passing. Even though ya'll were no longer at POG ya'll were in my thoughts often. My prayer are with you and the family and you rememner the life of an awesome man!!!

Evelyn Busby

March 18, 2013

Linda,
Please know you our in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Bryce and Evelyn Busby

Chris Daley

March 18, 2013

Dear Linda and Family,
We are so sorry to hear about your loss of Jim. He was a good friend and technical leader to me during our time at IBM and AMD. He is missed by all that knew him.
You know the Lord has take him to hold Bible class up there. He was a good man.
Our prays are with you all. Good Bless you all.

Chris and Doreen Daley

Jim and Karen Dillinger

March 18, 2013

We consider ourselves fortunate to have known Jim for 45 years. He was an exceptional computer architect and logic designer, but we remember him more as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, friend, and devout Christian. We miss him dearly, but we are better for having known him and remember him fondly.

Loretta Anderson

March 18, 2013

Dear Linda,
So sorry to hear about Jim dying,so unexpected I would guess. I remember the fun times in St Cloud when Rollie and I were together. Jim was a “wise ” guy and so full of fun and laughter.After reading the obituary I feel and see he will be missed by many.
I would like to attend the burial when he returns to Minnesota, if you could let me know I would appreciate it.

Don Piller

March 17, 2013

Dear Linda and family,

Jim was admired, respected and liked by everyone who knew him. The years working with him at IBM in Rochester and Austin were fantastic. We knew each other in Rochester and then became close working together in Austin on several projects. Jim was always the "brains" for the project. I so respected his abilities and insight. Linda, I wish you and your family the very best knowing he was such an assest to everyone who ever came in contact with him.
My sincerest condolences.
Don Piller

Linda Payne

March 16, 2013

Linda, My thoughts and prayers are with you. You were blessed with a wonderful guy for a husband. I hope the fond memories can comfort you in your sorrow.

Harry Baldwin

March 16, 2013

It was an honor working with Jim at IBM. He will always be remembered as a great friend. We always enjoyed his Christmas letters. Our prayers are with you Linda.

Joanne and Rafael Pelc

March 16, 2013

Dear Linda,
We are so sad and sorry about your loss. It seems like just yesterday, when our kids were small, that we would get together with common friends to share holidays, birthdays and good times. Those days are priceless. I will always remember Jim both as a colleague at IBM, back to Rochester and here in Austin, and as a neighbourly friend, right down the street on Valburn Drive. May the memories we hold so dear be a source of strenght and comfort to you and your family.
Sincerely
Joanne and Rafael Pelc