Phillip Nelson Reasoner: 1941 – 2017


    Phillip Nelson Reasoner, 75, of Ft. Myers Beach, made his transition into Everlasting Life on Thursday, February 9, 2017 in the presence of his beloved wife of 51 years, Tonya. He was born in Elwood, Indiana to parents Garrett and Esther Nelson Reasoner on October 3, 1941 and graduated from Ft. Myers High School and Ball State University. Phillip also served in the Army Reserves.

    He began his business career in Indiana before moving to Fort Myers Beach, where he was prominent in the Pelican Restaurant with his brother Buzz and sister-in-law Ann. Phil was also a commercial real estate broker and served in several leadership roles including Lee County Leadership, CCIM and for several years, President of the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce where he was recognized for his generous contributions to the Chamber and the community.

    Phillip is survived by his wife Tonya; his brother Garrett “Buzz” (Judy) Reasoner; sister Janalynn Brink and many nieces and nephews. Phillip is predeceased by his parents.

    Phil enjoyed fishing, hunting, archery, music, jogging, RV traveling trips, especially touring Alaska. He also enjoyed and loved the companionship of his three Himalayan cats.

    A memorial service was held February 22 at Chapel by the Sea where he was a member and ordained Elder.

    The family requests memorials be directed to: Office of Development, Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607, Phone (844) 739-0849 or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675, Phone (855) 448-3997.