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James Nicholson Obituary
James (Jim) Otto Nicholson Beloved husband, father, and grandfather James (Jim) Otto Nicholson, age 70, was called home by Our Lord on March 14, 2013 in Austin, TX. Jim was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on October 24, 1942, to James and Ruth Nicholson. He grew up in St. Cloud, MN. Upon graduating from high school, Jim joined the U.S. Navy, serving from 1961-1963. 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, at Redeemer Lutheran Church 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. To share memories and condolences with Jim's family, please visit his memorial site at www.cookwaldencapitalparks.com

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Mar. 17, 2013
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