Jimmy “Jim” Nesius
Jim Nesius, 79, died Sunday, April 23, 2023 at IU Hospital in Lafayette, IN. Jim was born at Jasper County Hospital on February 28, 1944 in Rensselaer, Indiana to Lois Alson Nesius and Arthur Nesius.
Jim grew up on his parent’s farm in Jordan Township and loved farming from a young age. He attended Jordan School, grades 1 through 8, and had wonderful memories with childhood friends. He began his high school years at Rensselaer High School, following in the footsteps of his two older brothers, Bruce and Kneeland. Midway through his sophomore year, he and his twin brother, Tom, transferred to Remington High School and graduated from there with the class of 1962. After graduation, Jim and brother Tom began farming together as Nesius Brothers. In 1994, they dissolved the partnership and Jim continued farming with son, Dan, as Nesius Farms until he retired in 2006.
On March 12, 1966, Jim finally gave in and married the “city girl”, Susan Grant, a 31-day older woman from Rensselaer. She often said she saw him at a ballgame in 1957, said “he’s mine”, and he was toast. They celebrated 57 years of marriage this year.
Jim enjoyed many years of farming, camping, and traveling, including two visits to Hawaii, a land and water cruise to Alaska, a cruise through the Panama Canal, and trips to national and state parks. Jim loved the outdoors, meeting people, and will be remembered for his smile no matter what challenges he was facing.
He is survived by his wife, Susan; daughter Samantha “Mandy” Danti and her husband Michael Danti; daughter Elizabeth “Beth” Roudebush and her husband Lynn Roudebush; and son Daniel “Dan” Nesius. Jim absolutely adored his 7 grandchildren and the feeling was mutual. They are Nathaniel, Kersten, and Jacob Danti; Jimmy and Courtney Roudebush; and Derrick and Dylan Nesius. Also surviving are brothers Kneeland and Tom Nesius; sister Judy Koebcke; and many nephews and nieces.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; brother Bruce Nesius; and sister-in-law Sharon Nesius.
A visitation and time of sharing memories for family and friends will be held at the Wolcott Café on Sunday, April 30, 2023 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. EST. Casual attire. A private family graveside service will be held at Weston Cemetery.
Donations in Jim’s name may be made to: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN., American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Dialysis Association, or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Steinke Funeral Home of Rensselaer. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.SteinkeFuneralHome.com.