Phillip M. Nelson

Phillip M. NelsonPhillip Magnus Nelson, age 93, passed away on Nov. 9, 2018, at the Sterling Commons Memory and Dementia Care facility in Victorville.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, Nov. 24, at 10 a.m. at the Desert Memorial Park in Ridgecrest. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the VFW Post 4084, 117 North Alvord St., Ridgecrest, Calif. 93555.

Phillip was born on Nov. 23, 1924, in Ramah, Co., and moved to Bakersfield in the 1940s. He married Dorothy Jean Hill in 1947 after serving in the US Army. He worked for Davies Machinery in Bakersfield, Ca as a mechanic servicing equipment during the construction of the Lake Isabella Dam.

Phillip transferred to NWC China Lake in 1955 and retired in the 1980s with over 30 years of civil service. During his time at NWC China Lake, he enrolled in the US Naval Construction Battalion (Seabees) Reserve Program and retired as a Command Master Chief. Phillip enjoyed hunting, horseback riding, fishing, camping and competitive shooting with his wife. He was active in the Ridgecrest community: past member of the Odd Fellows, Sierra Desert Gun Club, lifetime member of the NRA and VFW.

Phillip is preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Jean Nelson; parents Ralph Mervyn and Mary Agnes Nelson; sons Paul Edward and Marvin Wayne Nelson; brother Mervyn Christopher Nelson; sisters Zella Agnes Martin, Helen Antoinette Eicher, Lillian Fern Adams and Gladys Nora Selby.

He is survived by his brothers David Ralph and William Dale Nelson; sister Delores Leona Nelson; grandchildren Paul David Nelson (April), Shannon Denise Leach and Jamie Hill Nelson (Samantha); and great-grandchildren Jazminn Renee Molinas, Travis Tyler, Ryan Phillip, Jamie Jaclyn and Kyle Roland Nelson.

— Submitted by the family of Phillip Nelson

Story First Published: 2018-11-16