James Eastman Nelson

October 29, 1916June 21, 2010

Nelson, James Eastman (Jim) Capt. USAF Ret.

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, sadly passed away June 21st, 2010 at the age of 93. He was born in Havelock, Nebraska on Oct. 29, 1916 to Amos A. Nelson and Anna May Wadley. He is survived by his loving wife, Jaunita Jean; daughter Bernice Whisenand (Rex); son Jerral Roloff (Coral); grandsons, Alex Kelley, Mark Whisenand and Rick Whisenand; granddaughters, Jeanette Roloff, Karen Ikeda, Carol Maxwell, Keryn York; nine great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his previous wife of 56 years. Violet E. Nelson; sister Florence Lytle, and brother Tommy Wines. Jim entered the Army in 1936 assigned to Hawaii until 1939. He reentered the service in 1941 and served as a P-51 (Mustang) pilot during WWII, assigned to the 355th Fighter Group stationed in England, participating in 46 escort and strafing sorties for a total of 216 combat hours. He retired from the Air Force in 1960. During his retirement years he became a computer analyst, and retired from the US Postal Service in 1981. Funeral Services will be held at Shadow Mountain Mortuary, 2350 E Greenway Rd., Phoenix at 9:00 A.M., Monday, June 28, 2010 with the interment following at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice if Arizona, 2222 W. Northern Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021. .


  • Funeral Service Monday, June 28, 2010
  • Burial with Active Duty Air Force providing Military Honors Monday, June 28, 2010

James Eastman Nelson

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Rex and Bernice Whisenand

July 24, 2010

Rex and I love you and miss you terribly. We are trying to be real troopers and get through this. I wish we had talked more about what your wishes were, so I hope we are doing everything right. May you rest in peace. You will never be forgotten.

Hana Kelley

July 7, 2010

Dear Papa,

I'm sad Christmas was the last time I got to see you. It just breaks my heart knowing that there were so many things I wanted to ask and talk with you about but I didn't get the chance to fulfill them. I cherish all the memories that I spent with you - Spending every Christmas together, you driving just us two to Nana's grave, telling me all your amazing life stories... I hope that where ever you are, you have found peace and happiness. We will always love you.

Alex Kelley

July 5, 2010

Grandpa, we visited your mom's grave yesterday in Dunsmuir, CA to clean and plant flowers. I'm just sorry we didn't get to it before you passed away. Rest assured we'll take care of it and your Dad's grave as long as we remain in California.

Love Always,
Alex, Nahoko, & Hana

Larry Rauter

July 1, 2010

Uncle Jim I will miss you as I do Aunt Violet My thoughts and prayers for both of you, for you are now with GOD, with all my LOVE

Larry Rauter

June 30, 2010

Jim you will always be loved and remembered in the Kisler family. Bea and Rex you are in our toughts and prayers. Joyce Kjorsvik

Jerral Roloff

June 29, 2010

I miss you.
Your Son

Juanita Hampton

June 28, 2010

You are in my thoughts and prayers.