Dear Aunty El and Dan,
It grieves me that I can't be with you today an share in the remembrance of uncle Phil. It frustrates me that I am only a five hour drive away today, and am physically closer than I have ever been. But if uncle Phil taught me anything, it was to realize that there is more than one way to look at things. I learned that lesson in Thunder Bay, at Birch Beach. When uncle Phil took me aside and taught me to recite the alphabet in reverse. That day he helped me understand that there is always another way, or a different view. And in that I am happy to remember him this way, and to send my love to you. Although I can't be with you today you are in m thoughts, and I know that the man may be gone, but his examples and stories will live on amongst our friends and families.
I lobe you all, and miss you uncle Phil.
Dear Eleanor and Dan-
What a wonderful tribute to Phil on the website. We will always remember that smile--for it was part of him. Indeed, I cannot ever recall seeing Phil when he wasn't smiling. He brought joy to all of us.
Our hearts go out to you and the family. Hopefully we will see you next summer as we're planning a family reunion in Beloit in July.
A contribution in Phil's name has been made to Hospice of the Valley, Santa Clara County.
Mort and Sue Huber and family
Dan and Pat Huber and family
Jim and Joyce Huber and family
Dear Aunty El, Dan, Priscilla and boys,
I was very sorry to hear about Uncle Phil passing and am sending you my deepest condolences. I'm sorry that I can't be with you tomorrow to say goodbye. When I saw the family picture that you sent to everyone on the long weekend at Birch Beach, I was glad to see that Uncle Phil still had that big, one of a kind smile on his face. I couldn't help but smile right along with him. I will always remember his sense of humor, the few times that I was lucky enough to play a round of golf with him, and having him ride along with me in the grain truck at harvest time in Saskatchewan offering his advise on how to procure the neighbors land! He was a good man and will be greatly missed.
All our love,
Cory, Brandi, Julia, and Dylan.
Dear Eleanor, Dan, Priscilla and family.
I'm sorry I can't be with you tomorrow for the celebration of Phil's life. I appreciated being able to see him a few weeks ago when Cathie and I were in Santa Clara. I particularly enjoyed seeing that as ill as he was, he had not lost his touch in providing ongoing commentary about Eleanor's choice of route to the restaurant. I am also very greatful that I had the opportunity to have one last short visit with Phil to say our goodbye's in person. As you gather for the service tomorrow remember that Jesus says that when two or more are gathered in my name, I am in their midst. May the calming hand of the Lord be upon you all tomorrow to bring you peace and strenght
Dear Aunt El;
Laura and I are very sorry for your loss. We were so glad that you and Phil could make it back to Wisconsin last year. It was great to have all of the Amend uncles and aunts together, for one last celebration. It reminded me of when we were kids and we would all get together at Lake Delavan for summer vacations.
It was wonderful that Phil was in good heatlh and great spirits the last time he was here; that is how we will always remember him.
Mike and Laura