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September 10, 1935 – September 20, 2017
|Delmar Phillips, 82, died Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at the Winslow House Care Center, Marion, from complications of heart disease and diabetes.|
Per his wishes, Delmar was cremated. A life Celebration Service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, September 25, 2017, at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa. Pastor James May officiated at the services. Interment will be in the Hazel Knoll Cemetery. Friends called from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, September 24, at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa.
Surviving is his wife Judy; three children, Clinton (Denise) Phillips, Michelle (Mark) Nelson, and Mark Phillips; six grandchildren, Tonia Moeller, Justin Hinz, Kortnie Nelson, Cortney Hayes, Cailee Hayes and Reese Phillips; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Estelle.
Delmar Phillips was born September 10, 1935, in Green County, Tennessee. He was raised by his grandparents, Everett and Latha Holland. The family migrated to Iowa when Delmar was young and he graduated from the Viola Schools in 1955. He met his future wife, Judith, as a teenager and they were married on February 10, 1958, in St. Louis, Missouri.
Delmar worked for Iowa Manufacturing and later at Penick and Ford for more than twenty years. Following the death of Judy’s father, he took over the operation of the Ricklefs family farm, as well. When Delmar had cancer the first time, which he beat, he quit farming.
Delmar was an avid outdoorsman – hunting, fishing, hunting mushrooms and ginseng. He was a charter member of the Anamosa Bow Hunters Club. Later in life, Delmar enjoyed gardening, selling produce at the farmers market and feeding his birds.
Delmar was dedicated to his family in all aspects of his life. Be it his children or grandchildren, he rarely missed an event that they were participating in. Sometimes, he was just a pain in the ass to them to make certain they became good adults.
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