Phillip Eugene Tyrrell

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Funeral services for Phillip Eugene Tyrrell, 79, of North English, were held April 12, 2012, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in North English.

Interment occurred at North English Cemetery in North English.

The Honorable Phillip Eugene Tyrrell, passed away on April, 9, 2012, at his home in North English.

Phillip Eugene Tyrrell was born June 29, 1932, to Charles F. and Joanna I. (Galvin) Tyrrell in Anthon. On July 23, 1955, Phillip married the love of his life Diane Marie Graf, of Spencer. Making North English their home for the past 41 years.

During the Korean Conflict, Phillip was a member of the 511th Airborne Regimental Combat Team. Since 1956, Phillip has been self-employed as an independent insurance agent. He is a former mayor of North English. Involved with Rotary, Ducks Unlimited, St. Joseph's Catholic Church and National Rifle Association.

Phillip enjoyed spending time with family and friends, golfing, fishing and hunting. Phillip served 20 years in the Iowa House of Representatives. Highlights included Chairman of the Labor Committee, member of the Governor's Task Force on Economy in the Government. He was a member of the Small Business Administration, Advisory Council and served on many committees.

In 1989 Phillip received the Statesman of the Year Award.

Phillip is survived by his wife, Diane, of 56 years; his children: Timothy (Teresa) Tyrrell, Margaret (Bill) Davis, Elizabeth (Dennis) Strempke, Sheila (Tim) Knebel, Mary (Mark) McCullough, Patrick (Stacey) Tyrrell and John (Kelli) Tyrrell; 16 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings: Francis, Fanchion, Terry and John.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for the North English First Responders and Iowa Hospice.

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