Robert “Bob” Frank Phillips, age 86, passed away, surrounded by his family on September 4, 2019, after a 13-year battle with Alzheimers, He was born in Blue Earth, MN on June 6, 1933, son of the late Frank and Hazel (Roushia) Phillips. Bob married Shirley Coffey on December 27, 1956. He earned his BS in Civil Engineering from UW - Madison in 1957. In 1968 he founded his own civil engineering company. Bob passionately gave back to his community and was instrumental in making the Kimberly Amphitheater a reality. As a long-time active member in the Kimberly Kiwanis Club, he led many projects to benefit the community. Bob was a long-time member of Holy Name Catholic Church in Kimberly and served as a trustee. He also served on the Kimberly Police and Fire Commission and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Woodworking, collecting old cars, camping, running, biking, traveling and spending time at the cottage he built on Legend Lake were some of his favorite activities. He was always working on a project and was affectionately called “Busy Bob” by his family.
Bob is survived by his wife Shirley, children Kathleen (Jim) Thunes, Elizabeth Phillips (Tony) Smith, and Robert (Lori) Phillips, grandchildren James, David (Emily) and Michael Thunes; Aaron (Ashley), Nathaniel (Molly) and Benjamin Smith; and Emily and Nicholas Phillips; great grandchildren Hannah Smith and Caden Thunes. He is further survived by sister-in-law Dodie Phillips, nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his brother Gordon Phillips and sister Shirley (Santos) Rodriguez.
Visitation will be Saturday, September 21 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the Holy Spirit Church in Kimberly with Mass to follow. Memorials may be made to the Phillips Fund for the Kimberly Amphitheater at the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley or the Alzheimer's Association. The family thanks the staff at St. Paul’s Elder Services for their compassionate care and Bob’s longtime volunteer Charlie J.
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