James M. Neilson was born in Pioche, Nevada on November 23, 1920 to James A. Neilson and Hazel Lee and died October 13, 2013.
As a young man he broke and trained horses, and he never lost his love for a fine horse and a good ride. He later worked as a miner which led to a career in mining construction of shafts and tunnels. He retired from the NTS and enjoyed wood working and shared his talents with family and friends. During WWII he served in the Army. Because James had keen observation skills, he was appointed as an Intelligence Scout which earned him the Bronze Star in the Battle of Okinawa. He received life-long respect from his peers for his excellent work ethics and natural leadership ability.
He is survived by the love of his life of 75 years, his wife, Lola Vee Neilson; his supportive children, LaBerta Schellhase, Janet Roberts, Melvin Neilson, and Linda (Ron) Hager; grandchildren, James, William and Elizabeth Neilson, and Patricia Nishimura, Kara Hager and Ron Hager, Jr., Rebecca Goodwin, Judy Dow, Lindy Johnson, Fred and Dwayne Roberts, Sharon Johnson, Lola Silva, Lisa Feedar, James and Michael Shands, and Gary Overholser; 36 great- grandchildren; 34 great-great grandchildren; and siblings, Donald Neilson, Wanda (Bob) McCrosky, Mary (Larry) Carson, and Peggy (Tom) Rowe. A special thanks to Charlene Lamoreaux. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 19th at 11:00am at Panaca Cemetery, 1500 E Ernst Street, Panaca, Nevada 89042.