Ferdinand Phillips, 94, New Richland

Published 9:16 am Thursday, February 2, 2012

Funeral services for Ferdinand (Fred) T. Phillips, of New Richland, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the All Saints Catholic Church in New Richland. The Rev. Swami will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday evening at the Friedrich Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.


Fred died Tuesday evening, Jan. 31, 2012, at his home in New Richland. He was 94 years of age. His last days were spent surrounded by his loving family.

Fred was born Jan. 1, 1918, in Jessop, Iowa, the son of Math and Angeline (Hubert) Phillips. He attended public school in Iowa and Minnesota. He made his home in Iowa then moving to Medford and to Hartland at the age of 14. On Sept. 16, 1945, he was united in marriage to Marilyn Sondergard at the All Saints Catholic Church in New Richland.

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Fred was engaged in farming all of his life. He was an active member of the All Saints Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Fred loved to play cards and was an avid pool player in his younger years. He was an avid Twins fan. All of his life, Fred was a hard working, honest man.

Fred is survived by his children: Dale and Valerie Phillips, of Hartland, Lori and Michael Frafjord of Rosemount and Dann and Joanne Phillips of Hartland; daughter-in-law, Julie Phillips of Hartland; grandchildren include: Amy (Chris) Beausoleil, Aaron (Jeanette) Phillips, Anne Phillips, Dr. Alison (Chris) Sorensen, Matthew Phillips, Lucas Frafjord, Thomas Frafjord, Peter Frafjord, Abby Phillips and Kacie Phillips; great-grandchildren: Madeline, Morgan, Andrew and Faith Phillips, Alex and Emma Beausoleil, and Lily Sorensen; one sister, Marjorie Mueller of California; brothers: Rudy Phillips of Hartland, Robert (Beverly) Phillips of Ellendale and Arnold (Mona) Phillips of Pensacola, Fla.; sister-in-law, Wilma Zoeller of Albert Lea.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marilyn; son, Neil; granddaughter, Catherine Frafjord; brothers: Hubert, Tony, Rayfield and Roman Phillips; and sister, Margaret Rebbe.