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Philip Nelson Feb. 29, 1920 - Dec. 21, 2008

LITCHFIELD -- Philip August John Nelson, 88, of Litchfield, died Sunday at Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Lutheran Church in Litchfield.

Visitation will be for one hour before the service at the church. Memorials are preferred. The Cremation Society of Minnesota is handling arrangements.

He was born Feb. 29, 1920, in Litchfield to Merritt and Amy (Lundberg) Nelson. He attended District 82 and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1937.

He married Muriel Ruth Bergquist on Sept. 21, 1947, in Cokato. He farmed his entire life on the family farm in rural Litchfield and lived there until 2005 when they moved to Litchfield.

He was a member of First Lutheran Church of Cosmos and served on the church council for many years and was a member of the Masonic Lodge.

He is survived by his wife; children: Linda (and Wayne) Smith of Winona, Philip (and Diane) Nelson II of Montevideo, Paul (and Sharon) Nelson of Litchfield, Bradley (and Theresa) Nelson of Litchfield, Jan Nelson of Litchfield, Heidi Nelson of Litchfield and Blair (and Stephanie) Nelson of Fairbury, Ill.; daughter-in-law: Kathy Nelson of Willmar; 19 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son: Jason Nelson; and two sisters.