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  • Visitation:  5-7 p.m.  Thursday
  • Funeral:  11:00 a.m.  Friday

Rev. James Kenneth Nash, Sr., age 81, of Gowen, passed away Tuesday evening, December 14, 2010 at his home under the loving care of his family and Heartland Hospice. The son of Daniel Lewis & Bertha Elizabeth (Bean) Nash, he was born on April 4, 1929 in Rockport, Missouri.

Jim proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Corps following World War II. After returning home he married the former Juanita Bonnie Ring in 1951 and together they raised four children and enjoyed camping, snowmobiling, and motorcycling until she passed away on June 9, 2003.

He had worked at Sparta Engineering and LuVan Manufacturing and in retirement found a new calling serving the Lord as an associate pastor at Cornerstone Worship Center in Vestaburg, in evangelism ministry, and later as a Chaplain at the Montcalm County Jail. On October 11, 2003, in Vestaburg, he married the former Patricia (Thompson) Houck.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 52 years, Bonnie Nash; a daughter, Delores Debbie Becker in 1993; three sisters, Madeline Roberts, Dona Dakin, and June Craver; and three brothers, Melvin Nash, Roy Nash, and Wayne Nash.

Surviving are his wife, Pat Nash of Gowen; his children, James Jr. & Patricia Nash of Greenville, Robert Nash of Harrison, and Marie Bailey of Greenville; three step-children and their families, Rev. Douglas & Diane Corwin of Midland, Scott & Brenda Corwin of Greenville, and Pam & Dan Roseman of Salisbury, North Carolina; a sister, Betty & Larry Bennett of Stanton; two brothers, Steven & Barbara Nash of Greenville, and Daniel Jr. & Betty Nash of Sidney; fifteen grandchildren; thirty-eight great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; a special niece, Betty Hilton of Greenville; many other dear nieces and nephews; and a very special friend, Les Calkins of Greenville.

Visitation is Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday.  Pastor Don Wolf of Cornerstone Worship Center will officiate and military honors will conclude the ceremonies with burial taking place privately at West Montcalm Cemetery.

Envelopes for memorial contributions to the Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund will be available at the funeral home. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Jims online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

The Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, honored providers of Veterans Funeral Care, is serving the family.


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  1. Anonymous on December 14, 2010 at 12:00 am


    12/17/2010 –

    myrna avery

    Sorry To Here About Kenny Death. I Just Heard about It Today Or I Would Have Been There For You. I Am Still Trying To Deal With Junior Death. Love And Prayers Myrna Avery

    12/17/2010 –

    Liz Avery

    Jimmy, Bobby, Marie Just wanted you to know I was thinking of you at this time. I am sorry to hear of your loss. Love Liz (Betty Ann)

    12/16/2010 –

    The Family of Nina Hubbard

    Words can not express how sorry we are for your loss. May God comfort you all in your time of need.

    12/16/2010 –

    Melody Avery

    We will miss you Uncle Kenny. Give my Mom a hug for me. Love Ya Melody

    12/16/2010 –

    misty laisure and family

    sorry to hear about your loss. he was a great man god bless you guys and the family….

    12/16/2010 –

    Ruth Ralph

    I love you Pat very much. Jim up there putting in a good word for the rest of us still here on earth. sorry that you went thru all of this. Love Ruth

    12/16/2010 –

    Dawn Nash

    We are sorry for your loss Dawn and Cindy

    12/16/2010 –

    Lynn and Janet Payne

    We love you Pat and Jim. God seen his pain and knows his heart. He will be sadley missed by all. He was a great and gentel man. God Bless his children and wife. love Janet

    12/16/2010 –

    Tammy McAllister

    To the family, I am very sorry about your loss. No words can help ease your sorrow but we wanted you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    12/15/2010 –

    Karen Hankis Jalomo

    Pat I was so sorry to hear about your dear husbands passing. I think of you often and sorry we have not been in touch for so long but I am here for you and my prayers are with you that God will help you through this sad time.

    12/15/2010 –

    Bruce & Melinda Eppeson

    Jim will be missed by all of those he touched in life. A wonderful Man of God!

    12/15/2010 –

    Diane and Dale Heether

    Pat,Jimmy,Bobby and Marie we are sorry for your loss.your dad was lucky to have you kids and Pat to be there to help him through this time leading up to his death.As Marie says she could not of ask for a better step-mom than Pat.Stay close to her and cherish the memories and time you had with him.God blessed him with your mom,you 4 kids and after your mom passed he blessed him with a new wife that stayed with him till the end and took care of him.May he now rest in peace free from pain

    12/15/2010 –

    Rich,Sue Ring & Family

    Uncle Kenny, Sure going to miss that smiling face and bald head of yours. You always took time for me and my family. Your words of wisdom I did hear and will remember forever. God has blessed you on earth and he will bless you in heaven.
    To the family, May you find comfort in knowing that your Dad(grandpa and great grandpa) is now in a better place. His personal work, love, compassion, smiles, pride, and teachings on earth have ended, but he passed them on to you and they will live on forever in each of you. Hold your head high and be proud of the great man he was.
    May God bless and comfort each and everyone of you as you journey down this path. You have been here before and you know God is with you during these times.

    Joe & Debbie Dyer

    Pat, I just read the obits this morning and saw Kenny’s, we are so sorry for your loss. Want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Joe & Debbie Dyer

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