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In memory of

Zane Nelson

of Philip, South Dakota, died on Sunday, June 16, 2013 in Philip at the age of 28

Zane George Nelson was born on January 11, 1985 to Dennis and Diana (Terkildsen) Nelson in Rosebud, SD. 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. Zane was baptized into Christ at Concordia Lutheran Church in Kadoka, and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Philip. 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, CO 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; cousin Tucker Smith; and his paternal grandfather, Jake Nelson. 
Visitation was held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 20 at the Philip High School Gym, with a prayer service to follow at 7:00 p.m.
Funeral services were held 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 21, at the Philip High School Gym, with Pastor Frezil Westerlund officiating.
Interment was at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.
Cards and memorials may be send to Diana at P.O. Box 411, Philip, SD  57567, or Dennis at P.O. Box 155, Philip, SD  57567.

Friday, June 21, 2013 - 2:00 p.m.
Philip High School Gym
Philip, South Dakota
Pastor Frezil Westerlund
Marilyn Millage - Pianist
Maureen Palecek - Vocalist
“On Eagle’s Wings”
“I Can Only Imagine”
Colt Terkildsen - Travis Terkildsen
Adam Rislov - Brit Miller
Trevor Grenz - Tait Terkildsen
Cordaro Terkildsen - Brennen Parsons
All Relatives and Friends in Attendance
Masonic Cemetery
Philip, South Dakota

Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 20 at the Philip High School Gym.
Prayer service: 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at the Philip High School Gym.
Funeral services: 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 21, at the Philip High School Gym.
Interment: The Masonic Cemetery in Philip

  • We are sorry for your loss. Please know you have a caring community who shares in your heartbreak today. Our prayers are with you. ~ Karl & Val Schulz Philip, SD (6/16/2013)
  • Diana, Heather & family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Zane. We are thinking of you and praying for you. Bless your entire family in your time of need.
    ~ Kelly & Jeff Penticoff Philip, SD (6/16/2013)
  • We are sending prayers your way! So sorry about Zane he touched each member of my family in different ways he also left us with lots of memories. ~ JR and RaeAnn Philip SD (6/16/2013)
  • A shock, a loss and a great tradgey!! We pray that God wraps you in his loving arms and gives you peace! ~ Carmen and Donnie Philip (6/16/2013)
  • Diana and family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Zane. my heartbreaks for you. May the Lord wrap his arms around you and provide you with the strength to get through the loss of your dear son. I wish we lived closer to help you with whatever you may need. I remember you were one of the first at mom and dads after we lost Doug. Please know you will be in our constant thoughts and prayers.
    ~ Don and Wanda Moses Fairmont. NE (6/16/2013)
  • I am so sorry for your loss. I have been saddened all day by your horrible news. I am praying for your strength during this time. ~ Kathy Knoepfle Bohle Herreid SD (6/16/2013)
  • I know as you face each day, God will give you the strength and comfort you need. Even the days when all you can do is cry, He will wrap His arms of love around you and give you peace. Sending our love. ~ Justin and Joyce Wheeler 24208 Fairview Rd. Philip, SD (6/16/2013)
  • Diana and family,
    Sorry to hear about Zane's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you endure the difficult days ahead.
    ~ Ellie (Brown) Bettelyoun Lander, Wyoming (6/16/2013)
  • Lavern, Dianne and family, Our deepest condolences go out to all of you. Such a sad and shocking loss to deal with. May you feel the Lords comfort and love during this time. ~ Janet & Kenneth Wall (6/16/2013)
  • Diana, Heather & Family:
    I am sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers! Zane always seemed to have a smile on his face and was such a great guy. He will be missed by many.
    ~ Cassie Bennett Belle Fourche (6/16/2013)
  • My prayers go out to your family during the loss of your loved one. God Bless you all. ~ Bonnie Fitzgerald Memphis, TN (6/16/2013)
  • Diana,Dennis and family,so sorry for the loss of your beautiful son,he was an amazing person and will be missed by so many,may god bless you and help you to go on! ~ Gina Thorson wadena mn (6/16/2013)
  • As a friend and neighbor, my heart is heavy for all of you. I cannot imagine the pain but please remember that we are truly here to help in any way you need. You raised an amazing young man and his bright light will be missed. <3 ~ Kim Petersen Philip, SD (6/16/2013)
  • To Zane's family - We were so sorry to hear about Zane. His easy smile, acceptance of everyone, and easy going personality are something for us all to aspire to. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ~ Lindsey & Haven Hildebrand Wall (6/16/2013)
  • Such a shock to all of us! Zane was always very kind to everyone. His smile was contagious and his wonderful laugh just complimented his personality to a tee. Please know that the whole community is grieving with you all. Our thoughts and prayers especially to all of his family. May God bless you and keep you wrapped in his arms during this sorrowful time and the long days ahead. ~ Nathan and Brittney Drury Philip (6/16/2013)
  • My heart brakes for all of you. Please know that your son, brother, uncle, and friend had touched so many lives and will not be forgotten. May our God wrap his mighty arms around all of you and bring you the peace that passes all understanding.
    ~ Michelle Craven Brenner Wall, SD 57790 (6/16/2013)
  • Diana and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless you.
    ~ Chancie Baenen Lead, SD (6/16/2013)
  • My deepest sympathies go out to all Zane's family and friends. He was such a sweet guy. He was so nice and friendly to me. I never saw him have a bad day. They say the good die young, and that was definitely the case with Zane. I only knew him for a short period of time, but I will never forget him. It was a pleasure to be a part of his life. MUCH LOVE to your family. ~ Rachel Clark Ft Worth, TX (6/16/2013)
  • Diana, and families,
    We were SOooo sorry to hear about Zane; please know that many are praying for you all in your time of loss and heartache. Lean on God for the strength to get thru in the days ahead, He will give You the strength to go ahead day to day. You are in our prayers and thoughts, Kathy & Jerry.
    ~ Kathy Noteboom & Jerry 21309 Cabin Rd. Lead, S. Dakota 57754 (6/16/2013)
  • Diana, Heather and family,
    My heart breaks for you in this time of sadness. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you the strength you need. Zane will never be forgotten.
    ~ Cassidy Ayotte Harrisburg, SD (6/16/2013)
  • Zane's Family, Lavern, Diane, Diana, Darryl and all relatives. I was shocked to hear of the loss. You are all in my prayers and only wishes for strength and pleasant memories to carry you through the tough times and the days to come. Mitakuye Oyasin. ~ Monica Terkildsen Wanblee, SD (6/16/2013)
  • Thoughts and prayers are with you. ~ George and Christi Michael Wall SD (6/16/2013)
  • Heath and Family; my thoughts and prayers go out to you all at this very sad and difficult time. Sending a hug to you all. Zane was so full of spirit and had a zest for life. I have a few memories of babysitting him. He will truly be missed by all who knew him as he touched each person in his own way. Know that "if God brought you to it, he will get you through it" ~ Crystal (Swift) Brhinzma Mitchell, SD (6/16/2013)
  • Diana, Heath, Heather, & family: While I can't say that I knew Zane personally, my heart is heavy with sorrow for you right now. Please know that God is there to help soothe your aching hearts now and in the immediate future. It is really hard when losing a sibling unexpectedly and before their time. My thoughts and prayers to you during this time of grief and sorrow. May God grant the healing touch that only he can give. ~ Bryan K. Kiel 6 Macintosh Road, Norwalk, OH 44857 (6/16/2013)
  • Zane will definitely be missed, but not forgotten. I'm going to miss our talks in the signshop. Zane always had a way of brightening up the place and making you smile and he had a way of making whatever sign you were working on seem really special and neat no matter what it was. We were always supposed to go fishing, he was going to teach me how to fish again and I was supposed to help him on the guitar. I'm sure he would have better luck on the guitar than I would fishing, but I definitely know we would of have a great time doing both. ~ Barry Knutson Philip, SD (6/16/2013)
  • Dennis, Diana and family - It's hard to find the right words to express our sympathy for you and your family. Please know we have been thinking of you all and know that with your faith in God, He will get you through this. Zane was such a handsome man who had a great smile, and he was always so pleasant when he stopped by the Bank; he'd always say hello and give a big smile! That's the Zane I will remember. ~ Jolene & Don Haynes Philip SD (6/16/2013)
  • Our small town is so sadden by Zanes passing,he had a fun loving soul.I was so lucky to catch up with him lately and fix him a meal.Our boys thought of him as a true friend.I will never forget those football and wrestling memories. ~ Pennie Slovek Philip (6/16/2013)
  • Dennis, Diane, Heather, Dane sending prayers your way today and always. Zane was a great kid, be proud of the way you raised him and cherish all your memories. He will be missed by all. ~ Rick & Selma Thorson Philip (6/16/2013)
  • Sending many thoughts and prayers to Zane's family and friends. ~ Michaela Bryan Mission, SD (6/16/2013)
  • Family members of Zane, So sorry to hear of the loss of a great kid, Zane. I will always remember the times we had at school, he was a kid that always helped make the days of teaching pleasant. A hard worker with a friendly smile and an appreciation for life. He had so much going for him. He will be missed by all that knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. ~ Amelia Hurley Philip (6/16/2013)
  • We are so shocked and saddened to hear of Zane's passing. May The Lord wrap you in his love and give you strength. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. ~ Zach and Amber West Union Center (6/16/2013)
  • Diana and family,
    We were shocked to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    ~ Gene and Audrey Jones Midland (6/16/2013)
  • I am deeply saddened to hear of Zane's passing. I remember how much he made me and everyone around smile every time he walked into a room. I cannot express in words how special and precious a person he was. He will be dearly missed and always loved in my heart. ~ Annie Helberg Fort Collins, CO (6/16/2013)
  • My heart is broken for this family. He was such a great friend. He is so loved. It is hard to not be angry. Remembering Zane's smile, his laugh, funny conversations, and contagious personality turns my frown upside down, even if just for awhile. Hugs, thoughts, and prayers to you all. ~ Katie Johnston Cottonwood, SD (6/16/2013)
  • Thinking of you all. May God wrap his love around you and you are all in our thought and prayers. ~ Mandie Menzel Dupree, SD (6/16/2013)
  • Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this time. God Bless you. ~ Ralph & Cathy Fiedler 2130 Ellen ST Sturgis, S. D. (6/16/2013)
  • Dennis, Diana and family
    Zane will be forever missed and never forgotten. Our true deepest sympathy to you all.
    ~ Scott,Beth,Radley,Tyrel Blayne and Kenny Philip (6/16/2013)
  • My dear cousin Dianna, I am so sorry to hear about Zane. I didn't get to be around Zane much but the times I did he was always such a happy and well mannered kid. I know my son and him were close. He will be missed dearly. Stay strong, I know that is hard to do at this time. We love you and are praying for you, Uncle Lavern, Aunt Dianne and the rest of the family. ~ Rhonda Terkildsen Belvidere SD (6/16/2013)
  • Dennis, Diana & Family - Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Zane was always such a happy go lucky guy & will be missed by everyone that was fortunate to know him. God Bless! ~ Brock & Brittany Smith & Family Philip (6/16/2013)
  • We are so sorry for your loss, Zane was always a joy to be around,always polite and greated you with a smile. Our thoughts are with you, sorry we wont be able to attend the service. ~ Ralph & Julie McQuirk Philip (6/16/2013)
  • Kenny and I are so very sorry for your loss. zane was such a wonderful person and will be missed ...our prayers and thoughts are with you all...GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!! ~ nancy neville philip (6/16/2013)
  • Heather I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. I didn't know him but judging from the stories I have heard I am sure he will be missed greatly. Share your memories with one another often of him. They are a true comfort in the trying days ahead. ~ Wendy Eisenbraun Quinn, SD (6/16/2013)
  • Dennis, Diane, Heather......., You are in my thoughts and prayers, Zane was an amazing young man who will be missed by all who knew him. I will always remember his cheerful attitude and his smile that could light up a room just by walking into it!! Still seems to unreal that this happen, just seen him....remember God only takes the best! ~ Krystal Kubal Winner (6/16/2013)
  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of Zane's family. ~ Mike and Tina Noteboom Philip, SD (6/16/2013)
  • Heath, Diana & families,
    I am so sorry to hear about Zane. There isn't a story I've heard with Zane in the mix that wasn't accompanied by a smile by the person telling it. I know he was a very special man. I'm praying for all of you and hope you find laughter through your tears. He will be with you always with each memory. Treasure them and take care of each other. God bless.
    ~ Christy (Kennedy) McBride Harvest, AL (6/16/2013)
  • Dennis,Diane My thoughts and prayers go out to you,Keep his memories close to you. ~ Rita (Tarr)Engle WhiteRiver SD (6/16/2013)
  • Diana & Family I was remembering how Zane loved sports. Marty coached Zane in T-ball through A ball. All star tournament in Pierre and camping was a big event. Marty and Jerry had taken the boys and Halli out to Grandpa Bud's to camp for the weekend. Very exhausting for the adults. Campfire was started and Marty and Jerry decided to go to bed. When Marty woke up hearing the kids telling Zane to jump over the fire. Needless to say the fire had grown quite a bit since the guys had went to bed. Lots of memories as the kids grew up. We are very saddened for your loss. May God hold you in the palm of his hands as you walk through this difficult time. Love & Prayers ~ Marty & Debbie Hansen Philip (6/16/2013)
  • Our hearts are so heavy in the passing of Zane. Did not know him well but what we hear and read he was some awesome kid! May The Lord wrap his arms around you at this most difficult time. ~ Mike and Holly Kuchenbecker Williston ND (6/16/2013)
  • I am deeply saddened to hear of this terrible tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with Zane’s family and friends. God bless! ~ Michael Penticoff Fargo, ND (6/16/2013)
  • I met Zane shortly after moving from Aberdeen, SD to Fort Collins in 2008. He was always upbeat & took advantage of everything life had to offer, living it to the fullest. He will be missed by many. May the lord bless you & your family Zane- you'll be greatly missed. ~ Rachel Christensen Fort Collins (6/16/2013)