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James Nelson McKellin III

July 30, 1937 — January 17, 2023


James Nelson McKellin III

James Nelson McKellin III, 85, of Sawyer passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at Hanson Hospice Center.  


Cremation has taken place and at this time, the family will be remembering James privately. Memorial contributions may be given to Harbert Community Church, 6444 Harbert Rd, Sawyer, MI 49125. Online condolences accepted at


James was born on July 30, 1937 in Geneva, Illinois, the son of the late James and Florence (McDuffie) McKellin II. On September 27, 1956 he married Carolyn Norby and they shared 66 years together. James attended Harbert Community Church and was a member of the American Institute of Architects. He owned and operated James Nelson McKellin III Architects in Minneapolis, MN. James was an avid golfer.


Survivors include his wife: Carolyn; children: David (Dee) McKellin, Deborah Flood, Deidre McKellin, Darren (Kyoko) McKellin; nine grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and two sisters: Elizabeth (David) Knecht and Carol Gonsky.


James was also preceded in death by a brother: Bill McKellin.


Arrangements are entrusted to Pike Funeral and Cremation Services, The Boyd Chapel, 9191 Red Arrow Hwy, Bridgman.

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