James Alan Nolan, age 89, of Delano, passed away Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019.
He was born March 18, 1929, in the Minneapolis Hospital, to Frank and Gladys (Molin) Nolan, the second of three children (Glenyce and Ronald “Steve”).
The Nolan family lived just outside Remer for the first 15 years of Jim’s life. It was then that Frank purchased a property in Lyndale, and began building a new life on the farm, by building a house and buying milk cows.
Jim and the rest of the family followed after Frank’s health began to fail. At the age of 15, Jim quit formal schooling in order to learn how to farm the land, tend the cows, and to support the family.
Jim married Grace Brown (Fasching) June 10, 1967, the mother of two children, Charles and Julie. The family lived in Maple Plain, commuting to the farm each day. In 1970, the family moved to a newly built home on the farm.
Jim continued to farm until his retirement in the mid-1990s. During his retirement, he enjoyed visiting local nursing homes and senior centers for chapel service, singing in the Lyndale Lutheran Church choir, and spending time with his family.
He also enjoyed get-togethers celebrating special occasions and weekly dinners with his many friends.
Jim was a faithful member of the Lyndale Lutheran Church for 74 years.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Grace; children: Charles (Carol) Brown of Delano, and Julie (Jack) Tyrrell of Arizona; sister Glenyce Sween of Wayzata; brother Steve (Marva) Nolan of Dassel; godson Rob Malecek; and other special nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother; and brother-in-law, Randy Sween.
Funeral services took place Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 11 a.m. at the Lyndale Lutheran Church in Independence. There was visitation Monday, Jan. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the church, continuuing Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment was in the St. Joseph Cemetery in Delano.
Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.