Philip E. Nolan, 82

Published 7:01 am Sunday, September 13, 2015



Philip E. Nolan, 82 passed away on Sept. 4, 2015, from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease. He was surrounded by his family at home in Naples, Florida. Known to friends as Phil, he lived a full and wonderful life.

Phil was born on Nov. 11, 1933, in Chicago, Illinois, the oldest child of Philip and Evelyn Nolan, and big brother to Mary Jo. Shortly after graduating from Brook High School, Brook, Indiana, he joined the Army. Phil was proud of his service during the Korean War and said he owed much of his character to his time in South Korea.

Phil found great joy in his family. He married Kathleen (Fredstrom) of Fairmont, Minnesota, in 1956 and shared 40 years moving around the country and raising their four children, Kellie (Bryon McCartney), Tom (Jan), Michael (Dr. Julene Nolan), and Anne (David Snow). Phil and Katy moved to Austin in 1978.

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After Katy’s death in 1997, Phil found love once again and married his favorite Brit, Lynn (Irving), in August 2000. They made their home in Naples, Florida, and shared the joys of family, friends, tennis, and travels around the world.

In his own words, Phil had his dream career. Starting as a page at NBC in Chicago, Phil’s lifetime in broadcasting took him and his family from Minnesota to Oklahoma, Utah, Connecticut, Chicago, and back to Minnesota, where he retired as owner of KAUS AM/FM, Austin and KEEZ FM, Mankato. He is remembered by his work families as a caring boss who helped them achieve their best. In his career, Phil crossed paths with many celebrities. His John Wayne and Paul Newman stories, especially, will be passed along and embellished for generations.

AmericanFlagPhil was an asset to every community he lived in, and served as a leader for many charitable and professional organizations. He was especially proud of his 20+ years as a Rotarian, his involvement with the Austin Chamber of Commerce, United Way, and the Minnesota Broadcasters Association. He was deeply honored to be inducted into the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

A loving, kind, and remarkable man, Phil was truly one of the good guys. He was a treasure to his family and the many wonderful friends who were part of his life. He is remembered for his humor and stories, his integrity and fairness, his love of music, and knowledge of news. Phil left the world a better place than he found it.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; his sister; and a nephew.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn; his four children; nine grandchildren: Justin, Jason, Jack, Meg, Charlie, Caroline, Anna Kate, Avrie, and Emma; two great-granddaughters: Madison and Natalie; his father-in-law, Don Johnson; and three nieces and a nephew.

Memorials can be sent to The Children’s Museum of LaCrosse (, 207 5th Avenue South, La Crosse, WI 54601; or Fun Time Early Childhood Academy (, 102 12th Street North, Naples, FL 34102.

Family and friends are invited to join in celebrating Phil’s life on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hormel House in Austin, Minnesota. For details, please contact Kellie at