In memory of

Donny Phillips

July 31, 1948 - December 9, 2017
From: Lake View, IA
Donny Phillips

Donny Phillips

Born: July 31, 1948
Died: December 9, 2017
Age: 69
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   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.

11:00 a.m., Wednesday
December 13, 2017
First Christian Church
Sac City, Iowa
Reverend Sharla Hulsey
3:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday
December 12, 2017
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa


Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 9:15 AM
“So very sorry to hear of Don's passing. He was a generous contributor to our school, St. Joseph's Indian School in Chamberlain, SD. I visited Don several times and he was such an interesting person, there was never a shortage of things to talk about. I even had a chance to meet Roscoe! My sympathies to his family and friends. Geri Beck, St. Joseph's Indian School.”
- Geri Beck
Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 2:53 PM
“I just heard about Donny's passing; I just want you to know he was a friend that I knew in Lake View; As we to this age in our life we begin to realize what good friends we had and how short this life is. Larry Auen”
- larry auen
Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 9:38 AM
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 9:53 AM
“There will only be one Donnie always up beat and smile. To the family you have my sincere condolences.”
- Nolan Kreft
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 10:16 AM
“Marilyn, Norman, Nancy and Cheryl, I am so sorry of hearing of Donny's passing. What I remember about him was his smile and his spirit.
Donna (Riedell) Plym”
- Donna Plym
Monday, December 11, 2017 at 5:19 PM
“Don was probably the smartest boy in our LVA Class of 1966. His mind was geared to the mechanical and engineering. Getting an engineering degree from ISU is no small feat. He marched to his own drummer, and running his own company in his home town suited him well. A good remembrance would be that he always had time for you for a good smile and laugh. Thalya and I send our condolences to the whole Phillips family. ”
- Mark Hanson
Monday, December 11, 2017 at 5:19 PM
“Our deepest sympath to all of the family. ”
- Pat and Verdi Maunu
Monday, December 11, 2017 at 5:19 PM
“To the Phillips family, Wishing that your fond memories of Donny help you through your loss. In younger years, it was always Donny that was fixing anything that was broken by Uncle Ket or my father Warren. What a brilliant and likeable guy that will be missed in the community.”
- Jeff Bohnenkamp
Monday, December 11, 2017 at 12:10 PM
“Donnie was one of the 1st people I met when moving to Lake View, We were in a bind and needed an obsolete part repaired when he dropped everything and made me a complete new one. From that day on we became respected friends. Donnie was a good man and will be kept in our thoughts and prayers. May your family get through these difficult times with the knowledge of knowing how good of a person Donnie was. He will be missed by many.”
- John Snyder
Monday, December 11, 2017 at 12:10 PM
“I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. Although I haven't seem him in many years I have fond memories of him throughout junior and high school. Since our last names started with the same letter he was always one seat ahead of me in class. We were friends. As the years pass we are starting to see our class of '66 losing its members, including my husband Steve. But I expect he knows Don is gone now too and perhaps he and Darrell and Bonnie were some of the first to welcome him home. My thoughts are with you Norman and your sister and all of Don's family. Marilyn Pierce Christian”
- Marilyn Pierce Christian
Monday, December 11, 2017 at 12:10 PM
“My Condolences to the Phillips family. i always enjoyed Donnie as one of those unforgettable characters. i enjoyed hunting deer on his farm or fishing with him up in Canada or fixing something for me for Shamrock Boats at his welding shop. It always was fixed properly and would get done as long as you didn't try to rush him. He always had those words of wisdom that he liked to share.”
- Paul Alesch
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