Francis Phillips

Friday, October 1, 2010

Graveside services for Mr. Francis Phillips, 86, of Everly, formerly of Spencer will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, at Lone Tree Ceremony in Everly. Rev. Dr. Jo Frahm Watkins will officiate the service.

There will be no visitation.

Interment will take place at Lone Tree Cemetery in Everly.

Mr. Phillips passed away Monday, Sept. 27, at his home.

Francis Roy Phillips, the son of Burt and Opal (McBride) Phillips, was born Dec. 3, 1923, in Rembrandt, Iowa. He received his education in Laurens, graduating from Laurens High School in 1942. After graduation, Francis enlisted in the military, joining the 11th Airborne 1st Parachute Division. He served in the Pacific, New Guinea and the Philippines.

After his honorable discharge, Francis worked as a mechanic in Laurens. He then moved to Sioux Rapids where he owned and operated a Texaco gas station. He was also a district manager for AAA in Spencer for 25 years. After retiring he managed Soddy's Place in Lake Park. He then moved to Everly for the last eight years.

Francis enjoyed listening to music, riding his scooter, camping, boating and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Marjorie.

Left to cherish his memory are his two daughters: Glenna Wilson and Nikki (Al) Cozart -- both of Youngstown, Ohio; a stepdaughter, Patricia Twait, of Emmetsburg; five grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; one brother, Bernard Phillips of California; two sisters: Pat Shank of Portland, Ore. and Sally Mitchell, of Lake Park; other relatives and many friends.

Warner Funeral Home of Everly is in charge of arrangements.