Born in Yuma, Arizona on March 26th, 1978

Departed on October 21st, 2019 and resided in Centennial, Colorado

  • Celebration of Life: The Whisky
    Saturday November 2nd, 2019 11:00 am through 5:00 pm

Phillip (Phil) Charles Nelson, 41, of Centennial, CO (formerly of Dubuque, IA) died Monday, October 21st, 2019 surrounded by loved ones.  A Celebration of Life will be held at The Whisky, 1064 University Ave; Dubuque, IA on Saturday, November 2nd from 11:00am – 5:00pm.

Phil was born March 26, 1978 in Yuma, AZ to Phillip E. Nelson and Stephanie A (Schueller) Nelson.  Raised in Dubuque, he loved spending time with family and friends.  He graduated from Hempstead High School in 1996.  He spent many years working at the family owned and operated Town Clock Inn most recently after moving back from California to Iowa in 2003.  During this same year, he met Ambrosia L. Williams who later became his wife.

Phil and Ambrosia welcomed their first child, Damon Charles into their lives in January of 2005; they were married October 20, 2007 and completed their family with their second child, Lola J, in March of 2009.

In 2013, the Nelson family relocated to the Denver, CO area where they currently reside.  Over the course of Phil and Ambrosia’s 16+ years together, they built a happy, fun filled, and exciting life. The last six years were full of traveling, attending concerts, camping, and enjoying the outdoors.

Phil was an extremely skilled electrician.  He last worked for Stanmark Electric.  During his 20+ years in the trade, he mentored many people including his cousin Adam, his son Damon and many, many others. He valued hard work and instilled his values and work ethic into those that he worked side by side with every day.  He always took the time to help others learn and was always proud when his buddies would pass their tests.

Phil cherished the times spent playing pool, golfing, riding his motorcycle, and drinking brews with his buds.  There are so many cherished memories Phil had with friends and those were the times he was most at peace.  His friends meant so much to him and he was always happy when they’d visit him in Colorado.

Phil is survived by his wife, soul mate and best friend, Ambrosia; his buddy and son, Damon; his daughter and sweetie, Lola; his dog Ranger; cat Rocky; loving mother, Stephanie; brother Scott (Irene) Nelson, sister Tara (Diego) Velez, parents in law Jeff (Tannie) Williams; Laurie (Tom) Brandel; sisters in law Donette (Phil Sheridan) Ambrosy and Crystal (Cody Clausen) Brandel.  He also has five nephews; one niece; several aunts and uncles; and many cousins.

Over the many years Phil struggled with mental health, his lifelong best friend and brother, Jake Schubert, stood by his side until the very end.  The two shared a bond that is rare to find in life.

He was proceeded in death by his grandparents, Aunt Vicci, Uncle David, and niece Rita Mariana.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Dupaco Community Credit Union or to the Go Fund Me established for “Phil and Ambrosia Nelson Fam”.

Phil will always be remembered for his smile, his wit, his story telling, his love and affection for friends and family members.  Even though he took his own life, we all know he is now at rest and without pain.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255

Guestbook Entries


Ur family is in my prayers

October 24th, 2019 at 3:06pm
Theresa Shireman

you are all in my prayers so very sorry for your loss.

October 24th, 2019 at 3:15pm
Sue Wichmann

So sorry for your loss. We, as a nation, need more available and affordable mental health services. My heart aches for your family. Gone way too soon.

October 24th, 2019 at 3:21pm
Mitzi LaBarge Richmon

So so sorry for your loss. Been thinking about all of you.

October 24th, 2019 at 3:31pm
Chrystal Blauvelt

Phil was a much loved acquaintance from many social circles. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. 

October 24th, 2019 at 4:03pm
Melissa Meyer

Such a beautifully written obituary.  Phil will be missed & your family in my thoughts.  Love you. 

October 24th, 2019 at 4:24pm
Darcy and Ray Copenhaver

Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. 

October 24th, 2019 at 4:56pm
Tara Carlson

So sorry for the family’s loss. Thoughts and prayers.

October 24th, 2019 at 5:06pm
Julia and Mike McDonald

A memorable man. Sorry for your loss. May he rest in piece.

October 24th, 2019 at 5:11pm
Lynn Meyer

My deepest sympathy to my niece, Ambrosia and her family.

October 24th, 2019 at 5:12pm

He is one of the most unforgettable people I have ever met. With an infectious smile and endless wit. 

October 24th, 2019 at 5:22pm
Kimber Haliburton

Sending prayer and love to you and your family!!!

October 24th, 2019 at 6:00pm
Kimber Haliburton

Sending prayers up and love to you and your family!!!

October 24th, 2019 at 6:00pm
Scotty Harper

I love you brother, see you on the other side.

October 24th, 2019 at 6:07pm
Tracy Benson

I’m so sorry to hear this!

October 24th, 2019 at 7:11pm
Sue Bonnet

Sending you hugs and prayers at this time of your loss. Very well written obituary. Love Stan and Sue

October 24th, 2019 at 7:53pm
Jeramy Jaxon

Thoughts and prayers!

October 24th, 2019 at 8:06pm
Marilyn Dix

Beautiful tribute to a great guy. My sympathy to all his family. Rest In Peace Phil, until we meet again…

October 24th, 2019 at 8:12pm

Thank you for bravely telling Phil’s story with honesty and class.  There are no good words to say in times like these other than, “He made those around him a better person.”  I’m so sorry for your family! 

October 24th, 2019 at 8:14pm
Dave & Cindy George


So sorry to hear of your brother’s passing.
You and your family are in our prayers.

October 24th, 2019 at 8:18pm
Chris Miller

They say tears are 1% water and 99% heartbreak. Many tears have been shed for the Nelson and Williams family because of Phil’s death. Rest In Peace Phil. God bless the families. 

October 24th, 2019 at 8:20pm

Phil always had a way about him, he will be missed and remembered by many RIP old friend. 

October 24th, 2019 at 11:34pm
kathrine doolen

So very sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you all. Its been many years but my memories of Phillip were that he was a kind, honest and sensitive young man who wore his heart on his sleeve. Sending much love and prayers.

October 25th, 2019 at 12:06am
Patty Jackson (Bill’s mom)

I didn’t know Phil but I know he was a good man because my son chose to be his friend. May peace be upon you at this sad, sad time. 

October 25th, 2019 at 5:24am
Katy Morrow

We feel deep sadness for all of you. I hope your wonderful memories will help you through this terrible pain. Much Love.

October 25th, 2019 at 6:17am
Darla Stackis

Phil had the most contagious smile and loved you, Ambrosia, fiercely. My heart is broken thinking of the pain and pieces all involved will be dealing with, Mental health is sadly something most everyone of us has dealt with. I pray for you, and just know I have been thinking about your entire family all week. May God give Phil the wings he deserves and may he find the peace he’s always longed for….Love you

October 25th, 2019 at 6:36am
Gretchen M

All of these words…so perfect! Sending lots of love and light, and wishing those he left behind the comfort of their memories and times shared. He is surely missed!

October 25th, 2019 at 11:34am
Silvia Williams

Our deepest condolences! Sending you lots of love, strength, peace and prayers during this time and always. We love you guys very much! XOXO

October 25th, 2019 at 4:15pm
Jonathan Hiltz

We are missing you dearly Phil. You were a great leader and mentor to so many young men. Stood up to bullies to protect people, and voiced your opinions for what’s right. You live on in our hearts. You and I are so much alike. This seems like it’s not real. Until we meet again.

October 25th, 2019 at 10:10pm

Condolences and prayers

October 26th, 2019 at 5:14pm
Art Roche

I didn’t know Phil, but he sounds like an extraordinary man who will be sorely missed.

October 26th, 2019 at 8:26pm
Tammy Kosman

So sorry for your loss. Love and prayers to the family.

October 27th, 2019 at 1:06pm
Carol Norris

So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers to you and your family!

October 27th, 2019 at 1:24pm
Janet (Schmitz) Lieb

My deepest sympathies, Stephanie and family. I truly, without any doubt, believe that we will all be reunited on the other side, with all pain and sadness gone. My prayers for healing for your heart and soul go to you. <3

October 27th, 2019 at 6:31pm
Josh marfilius

I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to Phill’s family and friends. I haven’t see him for year but he was always a cool guy.

October 27th, 2019 at 6:32pm
Billy Jaxon

In these brief moments
Between anger and sadness
The thoughts of you
Lead me to my eternal madness
Those beautiful eyes
That beautiful soul
That bearded smile
Your words of gold…..
Leave me on a path of unmentionable pain.

For which you lead the way
Not to pain, sorry, anger
The wings of your heart
Carry us further
Than we will ever part

Your spirit fills my heart
With happiness of the light
And I may be so lucky
To be the light

October 28th, 2019 at 6:48pm
Niki Meyer

Sending thoughts, prayers & strength to you and your family.  Phil you are missed dearly.  

October 29th, 2019 at 4:44pm
JP Newman

Phil was a fantastic dad and a wonderful friend. I know we will meet again and you will be wearing a beard and sporting a beer. Thank you for the times we spent together.  Ambrosia, thank you for introducing me to Phil many years ago. My thoughts and prayers are still with you and always will be. 

December 7th, 2019 at 11:07am

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