James A. Nissen, 80 of Lincoln passed away July 11, 2017. Jim was born August
2, 1936 and raised on a farm near Genoa, NE. Baptized and Confirmed at Saint
Paul’s Lutheran Church near Monroe, NE. Started life on a John Deere tractor at
age 9, then at 16 he started driving a semi gravel truck for Gerhold Co. in
Columbus, NE in the Summer months. At age 19 he moved to Lincoln and drove for
Ready Mix Concrete. Spent some time in the Air Force and then in the Air Force
Reserves. On December 5, 1959 Jim married Linda Heins and to this Union they had
3 children, Randy, Lauri and Craig. After that came 4 grandchildren Courtney,
Wyatt, Madison and Bristol.
Preceded in death are his parents Hugo and Martha (Gerber), sister Mary Levos.
In 1966 Jim became an insurance Agent and spent 40+ years in insurance until
July 2006 when he retired. Jim was a member of the American Legion for 40 +
years. Jim enjoyed remodeling single family homes and started investing in
rental homes. In 1977 he built a home on 3 acres and lived there for 40 years
until they moved to Lincoln. Jim loved kids, coached little league baseball and
softball for many years. In all the years in the insurance business Jim thought
a lot of the people he insured and became close to many of them plus his
associates. He enjoyed traveling and loved Nebraska football. Member of Trinity
Lutheran Church for 50 years, ushered for 50 years, served as president of the
PTL and a member of Romeo’s Breakfast Meetings. He loved his family dearly and
enjoyed all of the family get-togethers.
Visitation will be Friday 12-9pm with the family present from 6-8pm at the
funeral home. Celebration of Jim’s Life will be Saturday 9:30am at Trinity
Lutheran Church, 724 S. 12th St. Burial will follow at Lincoln Memorial