James Nusbaum Obituary

James Allen Nusbaum
James Allen Nusbaum

March 27, 1966 - September 4, 2019
Born in Anchorage, Alaska
Resided in Anchorage, Alaska


On March 27, 1966 a force of nature was brought to bear, and on his short visit here among us touched us all in innumerous ways. As was Jim’s way, he arrived by disrupting a dinner party and carried on by challenging all he met with his own brand of wit and wisdom. Born at the old Anchorage Community Hospital and growing up in Anchorage with a short stint in Michigan in 4th grade, Jim made friends easily and kept them for life, his sense of adventure and mischievous personality a natural draw throughout his school years.

Making friends for life was easy for Jim, a sense of honesty and fair play his greatest strength, carrying well into his adult life and business, working at and then assuming ownership of Wayne’s Auto, and in carrying on the Nusbaum way, doing honest work for honest pay, and doing it successfully. Yet it is the friends and acquaintances he has made and held for so long that are truly his legacy, always willing to help and caring deeply for all who crossed his path.

Overcoming adversity…A life changing injury…A broken Spine in 1989 left Jim with a prognosis that he would never walk again, and yet that amazing spirit within him proved the doctors wrong and he not only learned how to walk again but became an avid and accomplished cyclist, kayaker, snowmobiler and four wheeling madman, his spirit stronger than any medical diagnosis.
While children change lives in ways we cannot explain, his daughter Elizabeth was the closest thing ever to taming the man, and yet as he became the doting dad he still lived his life without compromise, taking her on adventures and to places few young girls could even hope to see., all while displaying what a perfect father could be. Lizzie was the apple of her Daddy’s eye, and he would do anything for her, including allowing this photo to be taken on his birthday with a little frosting on his nose.

Jim passed peacefully on September 4th,2019, yet the gift he was to his daughter, his family and his friends will carry on with all of us in the way he touched us in his own special way and left us all with a little bit of his legacy to carry on and pass along. He is survived by the light of his life in his daughter Elizabeth, his father Don, mother Jane and brothers Don Jr, and Mark.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, September 21 at 7727 Lumbis Ave. in Anchorage beginning at 2:00 pm.

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Celebration of Life
Celebration of Life
7727 Lumbis Ave.
Anchorage, AK US 99518
Saturday, September 21, 2019
2:00 PM