James ‘Jim’ H. Nyman


James ‘Jim’ H. Nyman


Jim Nyman

James “Jim” H. Nyman was born in Billings on Aug. 16, 1954, to William and Virginia (Kober) Nyman, and passed away unexpectedly on the evening of Feb. 1, 2018.

He happily made his home in Billings after living in Denver during his youth, and, for much of his adult life, he worked alongside friends and family at Sign Products of Billings. He married Krystall Gray in 1980, and from this union were born the light of his life, Jana Lynn and Lee James; the two later divorced.

Jim loved anything to do with the natural world, whether he was gardening, fishing, camping or hunting. He also had passions for reading, cooking, music and sports, and proudly inspired all of these interests in his children. And whether he was watching sports games in person or at home in his “Rowdy Room” cheering for the Denver Broncos or Colorado Avalanche, he was always happy to share his enthusiasm and snacks with anyone who wanted to join in the fun.

As much as Jim was known for his quick sense of humor, he was equally ready with practical advice if it was needed, and was happy to lend a hand whenever asked. His witty jokes, wisdom and delicious home-cooked meals adorned with hand selected items from his garden will be dearly missed.

Jim is survived by his children, Jana (Nick) and Lee (Crystal) and his grandson Vincent James; his mother, Virginia Hollingsworth; his siblings, Nancy (Terry) Young, Mary Ann (Allan) Garnett, John (Char) and Cathy (Pat) Bentz; his partner-in-crime, Debbie Dinius; stepdaughter Jennifer (Kris) Paull-Zito and their children; his stepsister, Megan Knapp; numerous aunts, nieces, nephews, and other family members, friends and co-workers. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Thomas and David; his father, William; and his stepfather, Earl Hollingsworth.

A memorial celebration of Jim’s life will be held in August 2018, with details to be announced closer to that time. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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3 thoughts on “James ‘Jim’ H. Nyman”

  1. I guess I have known Jim for the better part of 40 years when we both were working for his dad, (an a major mentor of mine) Bill at Billings Neon. We enjoyed each other’s humor (I think!) and the time honored “rivalry” of shop/production and outside sales. Together, we were able to make good things happen in the sign industry, even up to last month. I can hear it now… “Like a salesman…sung to the tune of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin”. I’m glad to have known you, Jim.
    Ron Bachman

  2. I am saddened greatly with the passing of Jim. I knew him as a client for over 30 years. He was a first class quality man. Fun, insightful, professional, and just a really nice man. He brought professional to a new level in everything I did with him. I did lots of metal fabrication for both Bill and Jim while with Northwest Fixture and both were valued customers. When at Selby’s I did lots of construction documents for Jim and his fabrication work on all kinds of signs. His talent and insight will be sorely missed I am sure.
    My best wishes and prayers to Jim’s family. You were lucky to have had him in your lives.
    Phil Scala

  3. Oh my goodness! I had so much going on in my life, especially in 2018, I didn’t realize that my sweet friend, Jim had passed away! We “met” on the phone when I was in inside sales for ABF and the business was still called Billings Neon in 1989! Over the years, we remained in touch on and off via phone and later on FB. He used to always joke that people would call and ask for Jame Snyman! So, I affectionately called him Jame! I am so sad to read of his passing. I can’t believe that I just realized that he was gone, but never forgotten! Godspeed Jame! You are sorely missed!

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