Jack P. Philipp, age 82, of Wausau, died Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at St. Clares Hospital.
Jack was born on February 27, 1932 in Hazelhurst to the late Peter and Gertrude (Zielsdorf) Philipp. He served his country honorably in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He married Jeanette Sheldon on March 13, 1954 in Pine City, Minnesota.
Jack owned and operated Jack's Service Center in Wausau for 24 years and then went on to work at Youngs Pharmacy for 10 years. Wherever he worked, his customers adored him and he considered them to be his extended family. He was a music lover who taught himself how to play organ by ear, played the harmonica, loved to sing, and had a collection of vinyl records that he loved to listen to. One of Jack's most treasured hobbies which filled much of his time was developing his extensive model railroad collection that traveled among his prized Christmas towns and villages. He loved camping, fishing, gardening, and his dog Blossom, but most of all he loved to spend time with his family.
Jack is survived by his children Peggy Hirsch of Weston, Carol (Michael) Krueger of Forestville, Christine Spiegel of Wausau, and Andrew Philipp of Merrill; grandchildren Collin (Krystyn) Hirsch, Tina Spiegel, Cory (Candy) Hirsch, Adam Spiegel, Jacqueline Philipp, and Kristopher Philipp; great-grandson Jackson; sister-in-law Diane "Tootsie" (John) Conger; and his beloved dog Blossom.
Jack is preceded in death by his wife Jeanette, granddaughters Jessica Jo and Megan Elizabeth, and siblings Carol, Charlie, and Alice.
Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Brainard Funeral Home-Everest Chapel, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston. The Rev. Jenn Collins will officiate. Burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery where veteran's honors will be performed by American Legion Montgomery Plant Post #10. Visitation will take place from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Monday, April 7, 2014 at Brainard Funeral Home-Everest Chapel and again from 9:30 am to the time of service at the funeral home on Tuesday.
Brainard Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to all the staff at St. Clares ICU for their support and kind words during the care of their father.
Brainard Funeral Home and Cremation Center
5712 Memorial Court Weston, WI 54476
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald on Apr. 6, 2014