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James "Judd" Nelson

December 26, 1926 - September 29, 2013



James “Judd” Nelson of Cadillac passed away Sunday September 29, 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Cadillac. He was 86. He was born on December 26, 1926 in Cadillac to Louie & Delcie (Yager) Nelson and they preceded him in death.
Mr. Nelson had been employed at the Plywood Company in Cadillac and retired in 1988 from Kysor after over 20 years of employment there. Judd was a member of the American Fish Decoy Association and has been carving since 1938 when he started with Oscar Peterson and has carved over 6000 decoys through the years. He also enjoyed Ice fishing, spearing, snowmobiling, hunting and traveling and has been to 48 of the states.
On February 18, 1946 in Cadillac he married the former Mary L. Scarbrough and she survives him along with his brothers & sisters: Charlie Nelson of Cadillac, Doyle Nelson of Cadillac, Ray (Donna) Nelson of Jennings, Danny (Yvonne) Nelson of Cadillac, Albert (Gail) Nelson of Cadillac, Helen Christensen of Cadillac, Joanne Brunner of Cincinnati, OH, Pat (Delbert) Edwards of Cadillac, and Mary (Donald) Patnode of Cadillac; sister-in-laws, Jeanette Nelson and Pat Nelson both of Cadillac; many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by 5 brothers: Ted, Claude, Abe, Jack and Oscar Nelson and a sister, Delice Anderson.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at the Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac with Patricia Nelson officiating. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Cadillac. Friends may meet the family from 5-7 PM Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. An online guestbook is available at

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  • Jean Gauld - Sep 30th, 2013 9:18 am

    "Uncle Judd, may you rest in peace. Your smiling face will be missed by many."

  • Gary Miller - Sep 30th, 2013 9:28 am

    "So long old friend, You will be greatly missed."

  • Mike Hale - Sep 30th, 2013 9:37 am

    "Rest in peace. Cadillac will not be the same without you."

  • Mike Holmes, UPSA - Sep 30th, 2013 10:09 am

    "Jim was a great asset to the heritage of winter spearing. He was a wonderful person and friend to all who knew him. "

  • Fritz Scott - Sep 30th, 2013 11:21 am

    " Jim, Rest in Peace."

  • Maurice Stiff - Sep 30th, 2013 12:38 pm

    "Jim will be missed by many. RIP my friend."

  • Rick & Cheryl (Yager) Mapes - Sep 30th, 2013 4:50 pm

    "To my Cousins, Sorry to hear of the passing of Jimmy. He will be greatly missed by all. We would love to be at the funeral but won't be able to make it. Sorry We can't be there but Rick's MOM died Tuesday and we have an appointment in Kalkaska to take care some of her death business. Our love and prayere to all !!! Rick & Cheryl Mapes"

  • Angie Dixon - Sep 30th, 2013 5:46 pm

    "Rest in peace Uncle Judd, you will always have a special place in my heart!You will truly be missed!"

  • Charles Ramey - Sep 30th, 2013 7:08 pm

    "I'm a distant cousin who didn't get to know Jim well, but my sympathies to his immediate family. Delcie's sister (Gertie) was my Great Grandmother"

  • Paul Lohr - Oct 1st, 2013 9:28 am

    "While I never met Jim, I own many of his fish decoys, and his wonderful works of art have given me many hours of enjoyment. I wonder what he and Oscar are up to now?"

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