James Joseph Nelson, age 36, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 21st. He was born July 19th, 1986, to Paul and Laurie (Hungerford) Nelson. He was a 2004 graduate of Dodgeland High School, where he made lifelong, loyal friends. James welcomed a daughter and son into the world, Lilly, and Brody. His passions included music of all genres, especially those that sounded best coming from a Juke Box. He was a Juke box hero. His signature dance move was the finger guns, which he perfected in his time here. James loved to laugh and enjoyed making light of otherwise serious situations. A highly intelligent individual, his wealth of random knowledge, unique perspective, and insight will be missed.
James is survived by his two young children, Lilly Wruck and Brody Nelson, as well as three siblings: Paul (Whitney) Nelson, Laurie (Jacob) Reckner, and David (Sabrina) Nelson. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, and many caring friends and family members.
James is preceded in death by his mom, Laurie Nelson.
A private memorial will be held for close family members at a future date. In lieu of cards, gifts, or flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to the Homeless Outreach Coordinator in Milwaukee County: Please visit www.keytochangemke.com/products/donate select a donation amount, and select ‘Downtown Homeless Outreach Coordinator’ in the dropdown menu. This group of individuals personally go out to find people living homeless and attempt to relocate them to safer, warmer environments. They also work diligently to end chronic homelessness in Milwaukee County. A special thank you to them for their work with James.