James Nelson Pehrson

East Tawas, Michigan
October 9, 1967 - January 16, 2021

Obituary Notice

James Nelson Pehrson, 53, of East Tawas, Michigan, passed away peacefully under the care of family and hospice at Saginaw St. Mary’s Hospital on Saturday, January 16, 2021. Jim previously battled cancer in 2016, but it aggressively reappeared 6 weeks ago.

Jim was a scratch golfer with a beautiful swing and a knack for gently coaching others. Also a huge baseball fan, he was known to have quite an arm and not many liked catching for him. His biggest love was his family. He met his wife Melissa in 7th grade English class at Tawas Area Schools. They dated briefly in 12th grade and went to their senior prom together in 1986. After a brief stint at Ferris State, he changed gears and joined the US Navy. There, he sailed to many foreign places and learned the fine art of shining and buffing footwear like a professional. He then spent several years in the Lansing and Detroit areas, before moving back to Tawas. He and his wife met up again in 1996 at their 10-year class reunion, and the rest is history. Jim and Melissa traveled to some amazing places like Jamaica, Cozumel, Kauai, and Banff Springs. Beaches, golf, music and friends were top priority. Sunday afternoons at Tawas Point beach were serious summer traditions. Together they had their daughter Georgia Rose in 2003. Georgia was the light of his life, and proclaimed she was most definitely his greatest accomplishment.

Jim was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 9, 1967. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sammye E. (Parrish) Mobley and James D. Pehrson. His mother-in-law, Dianne (Dimmick) Reitler. Brothers-in-law, Brian Horton and Craig Hahn. He is survived by his wife, Melissa Reitler Pehrson, daughter Georgia, sisters Terry Horton, Laura (Alan) Corich. Melissa’s parents, James and Mary Reitler; and her siblings, Casey Reitler, Lindsey (Tom) Hutchings, Sue (John) Amersdorfer, and Nicholas (Kristina) Reitler. Nephews Nicholas (Monique) Tester, Brett (Kara) Tester, Jack LeClair, Aiden and Tyler Hutchings, Dwight and Derrick Horton.

Jim was a tall drink of water with a smile that would either melt your heart or make you brace for shenanigans. As a staunch traditionalist, his stubborn old-school ways could sometimes confuse others who may prefer shortcuts. Jim was an RV Technician with Rose City RV of Tawas for nearly 20 years. His elderly clients were very important to him and a select few had his personal number. Emergency trips to the RV parks for certain customers were the norm. Jim and his previous side-kick dog Gulliver were well known regulars and a welcomed sight for frustrated campers in-need. Jim’s lovely daughter Georgia is a senior in high school, with plans to attend Wayne State University in the fall.

Jim requested a celebration of life versus a funeral and that date, time and location are pending.

If you are thinking about making a donation in lieu of flowers, please consider her college fund; Georgia R. Pehrson.


Georgia R. Pehrson College Fund


So sorry Laura for your loss, prayers for you and your family.
— Sandra Whitford
Missy and Georgia I'm so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was such a nice guy. My thoughts and prayers are with you both
— Barb Tyo
Thinking of you.
— Patty Sterling
So very sorry for your loss, Thoughts and prayers to the family
— Patti Whitford
Missy - I'm so very sorry for your loss. Many thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Take care
— Mary
you would always know when Jim was present, his big toothsome smile could brighten any room he entered... there are no words to describe this sense of loss...my deepest heartfelt condolences to Missy, Georgia, Laura and the entire family at this difficult time...Godspeed and continued strength in heart and mind...bless your soul Jim...death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but love leaves a memory no one can steal...may you rest in blissful peace
— Frank Mahon
Missy I am truly sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of Jim and I working together and growing up together in high school. I understand your pain and pray for you and your family. Jim will forever be in my heart. God Bless your family.
— Anne Blackmore
Sending prayers and thoughts to Missy and Georgia and all of Jim's family, such a nice, real, and honest person , I enjoyed time spent whenever we ran into each other. Known him thru friends since he was in High school. Truly will miss you Jim
— Dale Procunier
We are so very sorry for your loss. Jim was an awesome coach-Jim nicknamed Aaliyah "Wheels". We still call her that and always tell everyone who named her that and remember the fun little league season that was. He was such a patient coach-Aaliyah loved playing for him. He will be missed.
— Karen Fairbanks & Aaliyah Flowers
So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was one of the BEST RV repairman that I've ever met. My deepest condolences to his family.
— Ron Whitney
Missy and Georgia,
Very sorry that Jim has passed. He was an awesome guy and friend to all the family. Sending our thoughts and prayers to both of you.
— Robert & Kharla Howser
So sorry Missy and Georgia and all of Jim'S family may he be resting in the arms of the lord. Remember all the good times you had with him. praying for comfort for you
— janet coyer
I am so very sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family.
— Raechel Ziomkowski
This breaks my heart. Jim was one of the best guys I have ever met and had the pleasure to work with. He had a heart bigger than anyone. He would do anything for anyone and give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. I loved working with him and of course Gully. Wherever Jim was there was Gully two peas in a pod. I’m keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
— Tina Michalski
I am so sorry for your loss
Missy!! You’re in my prayers!
— Jason Flowers
You all are in my thoughts and prayers. So deeply sorry and sad. But I do know a joyful celebration was had when Jim arrived. We will all be together again.
Julie Carroll
— Julie Carroll
Our hearts and prayers go out to you - Jim definitely had a smile that was as bright as the sun... it was wonderful to know him and we will greatly miss him!
— Ed, Shannon, Eddie, Archer & Quin Klenow
So sorry for this heartbreaking loss! Our thoughts and prayers go out to all his family and friends. He was truly one of a kind.
— Love, Brad, Mandy, Ivy, Sydney, and Kori Schaaf
Thoughts and Prayers for you and Jim's family, God Bless You!
— Michelle and Gary Conklin
Ours thoughts and prayers are with Jim and his family. I have always enjoyed being around Jim. We have had our share of fun times together. I will always have a lot of respect for him. May he rest in peace. Stay strong,Missy and Georgia.
— Tim Clothier
We are so saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. Our prayers go out to his family for healing and peace. He was such a good guy, always friendly and sweet. We all loved him as did all our campers at Brown’s Landing. He will be greatly missed!!
Elaine & Jerry Brown, Damon, Leslie, Marcee & Aaron & all our campers
— Elaine Brown
Deepest condolences to Missy, Georgia and families. Jim was a great guy and will be missed by many. Prayers for peace and comfort in the days ahead.
— Paul & Teresa Blust
Words fail to express my deep sympathy for the early departure of Jim, a truly amazing and dearly loved individual. My prayers of peace for those so profoundly affected by his passing.
— Paula Buckmeier
I am so very sorry Missy & family. My sincere condolences. You're all in my thoughts & prayers🙏🙏
— Sally Garrett
Jim was a mentor to me at Tawas Electronics and Appliances. He had quite a few shenanigans in his hand at al times but was always hilarious. Jim always found a way to fix things along with his big heart. I’m sorry to hear of the loss of a good man. God speed
— Keith Asbury
Dear Missy, Georgia and Jim's family, so very sorry for your loss. Jim and I were like brothers... We laughed like brother's, cried like brother's, and sometimes argued like brother's, always maintain8ng love and deep respect for each other. I will miss my forever golf buddy and friend. Thoughts and prayers to you all...
— Bob Bissonette
Jim was always so nice. We rode the school bus together for what seemed like a 100 years ago back then, and only a couple of minutes now. He was always kind. His big smile was genuine. Prayers for Missy, Georgia and his entire family!
— Deana Schirmer
Missy, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember you and Jim from school. I too just lost my dear husband and all though it's unbearable now, you will one day find comfort in all the wonderful stories, memories, family and friends surrounding you. Sending prayers and thoughts of peace.
— Heide (Kuntz) Maglott
Our heartfelt and sincere condolences are sent to Jim’s family, we are so saddened to hear of his passing. Jim will be greatly missed by all of his friends at Tawas RV Park. Jim was like the first robin of spring. Each year we looked forward to his return as he opened up campers for the season. Jim was always up for a good chat, always checking to make sure his campers made it through the winter. Rest In Peace Jim, we will miss you.
— Lynda L Pero, Tawas Rv Park
Missy, so sorry for the loss of Jim! May you and Georgia find comfort in all your wonderful memories and the comforting words from your friends and family. RIP, Jim!
— Sandy (Winchell) Ledin
So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Prayers and condolences to the family. He was a great guy. Will surely miss him as we have had him do a lot of work for us. Peace to all of his family and friends. Terry Kruse 🙏🏻🙏🏻
— Terry Kruse
Like all small towns and tight communities, I knew it was going to be awkward when I started dating my now-husband, Matt Weaver. From the first time I was introduced to the Tawas crowd, it was clear that it was special and something unfamiliar to me. I loved hearing the stories but I sometimes wondered how I fit...until I met Jim. He went out of his way to make me feel welcome and to let me know I belonged. And he was so funny! I remember the first time I met him. We were all sitting on the porch of my mother in law’s cottage and he asked me where I was from and how familiar I was with the Tawas area. I told that I grew up in Michigan but hadn’t spent any time there. I think he knew how awkward I was not knowing the people who were obviously so important to Weave. But I was an outsider and it was clear. Jim always went out of his way to make me feel like an insider after that. And every single time that I saw Jim, he went out of his way to make me feel welcome. This might not seem like much, but I have since then taken it as a measure of character. And, I guess that’s what I want to say. Jim was a man of exceptional character that I was very lucky to know. I have since remembered that lesson and tried to be mindful of making sure that everyone feels welcome but I think it came more naturally to him, like he just knew it was the right thing to do.He will be missed.
— Jennifer Stewart
Missy and Georgia,
We are so so sorry for your loss. Jim was such a great guy. His smile was incredible! If you get a chance, listen to the song by Mercy Me" I can only imagine" That song says it all. Peace and comfort. Love and prayers.
— Rob and Lil
MIssy and Georgia, I'm so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Jim from middle and high school. He was a fun, sweet guy. I hope you can take comfort in the many wonderful memories you have of him.
— Jan (Johnson) Schneider
I am so sorry Missy and Georgia that Jim had to leave us so early, I will cherish the time I was able to spend with him working, playing golf and things in between . Jim tried to teach me the art of the golf swing, some of which I learned, most of which I didn’t. He made it look so easy. God willing we will be able to play again someday. Our hearts go out to the family.
— Dean and Deb Webster
Edward and I are so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Prayers for you both.
— Sheryl and Ed Sowa
Missy, words cannot express how deeply sorry I am for the loss of your "my guy" and best friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Georgia and Jim's family and friends.
— Tammy Ellis-Walker
So very sorry to hear of Jims passing, sending love, strength, and prayers.
— Janice Kitchen

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