Donald Eugene Phillips was born July 31, 1948, to Duane and Marilyn (McCallister) Phillips. Donny grew up on a farm outside of Lake View, IA. He graduated in 1966 from Lake View-Auburn High School. He went on to Iowa State University where he attained a Mechanical Engineering degree, graduating in 1971. After college, Donny worked at Rowedder Implement in Wall Lake until 1977. At that time he started his own welding/fabricating business which he called Phillips Manufacturing that was located on the farm outside of Lake View. He was always thinking about work and you wouldn’t find him without his tape measure, chalk, and caliper in his pocket or attached to his belt. Donny was known to many as an inventor, a tinkerer, and a person who could fabricate whatever you needed. He retired in 2014.
Donny loved his dog, Roscoe, and took him anywhere he could. He loved to fish, whether at the Raccoon River, Blackhawk Lake, or on a trip to Canada with his buddies. He also enjoyed family trips to Alaska and Palm Springs. If you asked Donny about his spare time, he would tell you that he loved to spend time with his awesome neighbors and friends……too numerous to mention, but you know who you are. He and Roscoe always had time for a friendly chat. Long ago, Donny was the Saddle Club president and enjoyed his adventures at the Dayton Rodeo. Donny was a supporter of the St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, SD, and the Arbor Day Foundation for saving trees.
Following an accident that occurred in October of 2016, Donny spent time in the ICU at Mercy Medical in Sioux City, then was transferred to Madonna Rehabilitation Center in Lincoln, NE. In February of 2017, Donny was transferred to Fonda Care Center where he made many great friends.
Donald Phillips, age 69, of Lake View, IA, unable to overcome the injuries he sustained, passed away on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at Fonda Care Center in Fonda, IA. He will be truly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Survivors include his mother, Marilyn Phillips of Sac City, IA; brother Norm (Marsha) Phillips of Lake View, IA; sisters: Nancy (Rich) Auen of Sac City, IA, and Cheryl (Michael) Carson of Palmer, AK; eight nieces and nephews: Jason Phillips, Leslie Willson (special friend Jay), Samantha (Tim) Ludwig, Andrew (Kirsten) Phillips, Jodi (Andy) Mortensen, Chris (Sara) Rodman, Kevin (Peg) Rodman, and Zachary (Margaret) Melear; many great nieces and nephews; one great-great niece; step-grandfather Boyd Rodman; many extended family members and friends.
Donald was preceded in death by his father, Duane Phillips; maternal grandparents Charlie McCallister and Velma Rodman; paternal grandparents Arthur and Bertha Phillips.