James Nolan
January 3, 2019


James Alan Nolan was born to Frank and Gladys (Molin) Nolan, on March 18th, 1929, in the Minneapolis Hospital and was 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 the Lyndale property 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.

On June 10, 1967, Jim married Grace Brown (Fasching), who had two children, Charles and Julie, and 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, Jim enjoyed visiting local nursing homes and senior centers for chapel service, singing in the Lyndale Lutheran Church choir and his family. He enjoyed his many friends, for get-togethers celebrating special occasions and weekly dinners. Jim was a faithful member of the Lyndale Lutheran Church for 74 years.

James Alan Nolan passed away Thursday Jan 3, 2019 at the age of 89. 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 and brother Steve (Marva) Nolan of Dassel, godson Rob Malecek and other special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother and brother-in-law, Randy Sween.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Lyndale Lutheran Church in Independence, Minnesota. Visitation was held on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. and  continued on Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. ALL in the church. Interment was in the St. Joseph Cemetery in Delano, Minnesota.