Zane Nelson, age 28, of Philip, S.D., died Sunday morning, June 16, 2013, in Philip.
Zane George Nelson was born on January 11, 1985, to Dennis and Diana (Terkildsen) Nelson in Rosebud. He became the little brother to Heath Kennedy and Heather Nelson, and later the older brother of Dane Nelson, son of Dennis and Jana (Klug) Nelson.
Zane attended kindergarten in Philip and graduated from Philip High School in 2003. He played football all four years of high school and was an outstanding wrestler, placing at the State B wrestling tournament his freshman through senior years. Zane loved everything about being outdoors, though fishing was his greatest passion. Everywhere he went, his fishing pole could be found packed in the back seat.
After graduation Zane attended Mitchell Technical Institute, studying electrical construction and maintenance. Upon becoming an apprentice electrician in 2005, he moved to Ft Collins, Colo., where he worked on numerous commercial construction projects until moving back to Philip in 2012. Zane loved the great outdoors of Colorado and took every advantage to snowboard, camp, hike, skateboard, and of course, fish.
Zane was a friend to everyone, never speaking a bad word about anyone, and possessed a knack of listening to others without judgment. He always had a contagious smile on his face and his laugh was, and always will be, unforgettable.
Grateful for having shared his life, Zane is survived by his mother, Diana (Scott) Olivier; his father, Dennis Nelson; two brothers, Heath (Kim) Kennedy and Dane (Amanda) Nelson; his sister, Heather (Nathan Kjerstad) Nelson; four nieces, Kate and Grace Kennedy and Allie and Natalie Kjerstad; maternal grandparents, Lavern and Dianne Terkildsen; and his paternal grandmother, Frances Nelson.
He was preceded in death by his niece, Kaya Lynn Huling, and his paternal grandfather, Jake Nelson.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at Philip High School, with a prayer service to follow at 7:00 p.m.
Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 21, at Philip High School with Pastor Frezil Westerlund officiating.
Interment will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com