James Wallace Ahnlund
December 5, 2013
James Wallace Ahnlund passed away on November 27,2013 at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, CA from complications after open heart surgery. Jim was born on January 22, 1947 in San Jose , CA to Dr. Nels W. Ahnlund and Stella Kindem. He graduated from BuchserHigh School in San Jose, CA in 1965. Jim joined the United States Army, serving in Vietnam from 1966 to 1969. He was attached to the MAC-V Advisory Team 86. After military service, Jim returned to San Jose and worked at Tire Service.Jim attended the University of Wyoming and studied wildlife management. In 1978, he started a career in banking at Franklin Savings and Loan in San Francisco, CA, where he met a new accounts clerk named Elise Hilbert. A construction job opportunity at Kirkwood Ski Resort in October 1981 allowed him to leave the big city and move to Gardnerville, Nevada where he would be closer to his favorite hobbies, hunting and fishing. He convinced Elise to join him and they married in Fredericksburg, CA in an old school house at the end of Fredericksburg Road. Their son, Rob was born in August 1982 followed by a second son, Nels in April 1984. Family was important to Jim and to be able to grow together as one in his favorite area was his deepest satisfaction.Jim returned to banking in 1983 to 1991 when he worked in branch management at both Sierra Savings and Loan in Minden, NV and Nevada Federal Credit Union in Stateline, NV.He found his greatest work satisfaction at Stor-all self storage in Gardnerville, NV. Jim worked for the Whear family for the past 22 years as a Senior Facility Manager. He understood all facets of the storage industry including customer service, unit maintenance and application of NRS statutes. He enjoyed customers and liked solving their storage problems. The kindness of the entire Whear family, his Stor-all family, during his illness will not be forgotten. Jim loved Northern Nevada and was proud to call it his home for the past 32 years. He took full advantage of its many outdoor activities, from deer hunting in the Jarbidge to fishing at Blue Lakes Reservoir to skiing at Lake Tahoe. Jim loved to end those days with time around the campfire, swapping stories about the big catch or the buck that got away. His home, aka"The Ahnlund Inn", was always open to friends and family who wanted to enjoy Nevada along with him. Jim is survived by his wife of 31 years, Elise; a son Rob of Reno; a son, Nels of Gardnerville; his mother Stella of
San Jose, CA; a brother Kent (Diana) of Auburn, CA; a sister Lynne (Dick) of San Diego, CA; a brother, Rob of San Jose, CA; a sister Carol (Keith) of Marina, CA, a sister Mary (Larry) of Hollister, CA and numerous nieces,
nephews and cousins.He was predeceased by his father, Dr. Nels W. Ahnlund and a brother, Jon.A celebration of life will be held at Valley Christian Fellowship, 1352 US Highway 395 NorthSuite No 109 A, Gardnerville, NV. 89410 on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm. A dessert reception will follow the service. Cremation services were provided by Spangler Morturaries, Los Altos, CA with final burial at Eastside Memorial Park, Minden, NV.