James C. Nelson, 81, died Saturday, March 10, 2012, at his residence. He was the husband of Iris K. (Leas) Nelson, and the late Margery Nelson. He was born Oct. 21, 1930 in Kane, the son of the late Emil S. and Mabelle (Thomas) Nelson.
Jim grew up in Ludlow and graduated from Ludlow High School. He was a member of Zwingli U.C.C. in East Berlin, where he served on the consistory, and served with the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry. He was also a member of the New Oxford Social & Athletic Club, a past president of the East Berlin Historical Society, the East Berlin V.F.W. Post #8896, where he served on the board of directors, and was an avid woodworker and gardener.
He was a graduate of Penn State University where he received the Alumni Award from the School of Forestry. Jim was a Forest Resource Planner responsible for developing timber management criteria, wildlife habitat guidelines, natural area and wild area programs for the state forests.
He was the author of the first comprehensive Forest Resource Plan for 2 million acres of state forest land in 1970 during a career that spanned 42 1/2 years with the PA Bureau of Forestry culminating in the position of State Forester, and was the Director of the Bureau from 1989-1994. He was also a fellow of 50 years with the Society of American Foresters and served on their board of directors.
In addition to his wife Iris, Jim is survived by two daughters, M. Patrice Tritt and her husband, William of New Tripoli, and Marta D. Hamme and her husband, Randall of New Cumberland; a son, Mark E. Nelson of Lewisberry; a stepson, Jason D. Webb and his wife, Lisa of York Springs; eight grandchildren, Sarah Young, John Tritt, Meghan Maggiacomo, Jessica Felici, Daniel McNichol, Katelyn Yeager, Patrick McNichol, and Cody Nelson; a step granddaughter, Alexis Webb; a great granddaughter, Ryleigh Yeager; and a brother, Thomas Nelson of Ludlow. He was predeceased by a daughter, Marni McNichol.
Following cremation, a memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Zwingli U.C.C., 403 W. King St, East Berlin, with his pastor, Rev. Dr. Margaret J. Wise, officiating. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Zwingli U.C.C. or to Wellspan VNA Homecare, P.O. Box 2404, York, PA 17405; or to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, PO Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265. Feiser Funeral Home, Inc, 306 Harrisburg St, East Berlin, is in charge of arrangements. Memories may be shared at www.feiserfuneralhome.com.