September 6, 1941 - June 13, 2015


A gathering of friends and family will be from 1:00 – 4:00 PM on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at the Williams Dingmann Funeral Home in St. Cloud for Phillip Nelson who passed away on Saturday at the St. Cloud Hospital. Burial with full military honors will be Monday at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Phillip was born in Whitehall, WI to Edgar Carter & Ila Maxine (Linberg) Nelson. He served his country in the United States Army from 1965-1967 and graduated from Wisconsin State University La Crosse with a Bachelor of Science degree. Phil was self-employed as a computer programmer for many years. He is a member of the VFW in St. Cloud and also the Lions Club. Phil always had a joke or a story and loved to make people smile. He was always very animated and told a great story. He was a man of Christian faith and always went out of his way to bring others to Christ. He was very involved with the AA program and also “The Way Out” program.

Survivors include his daughters, Vanessa (Rick) Hernandez of Inver Grove Heights; Wendie Nelson of St. Cloud, Melissa Peterson of Maple Grove; grandchildren, Taylor, Jackson, DeAndre, Dominick, Sophia, Gregory, Vinnie and Rylee; siblings, Eugene (Barbara) Nelson, Ilene Coffeen, Debra Nelson, Darrel (Cathy) Nelson, Renee (Victor) Morales, Ramona (Elias) Quintanilla, Dennis (Linda) Young, Nancy White, Jim Young, Carol (Harry) Rutherford, and Jon Young;

He is preceded in death by his parents, step mother Ruth and sister in law, Diane Young.