Delbert Phillips

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Jesup – Delbert F. Phillips, 79, of Jesup, died Thursday, Dec. 24, at Covenant Medical Center, Waterloo, of natural causes. He was born Sept. 18, 1930, in Black Hawk County, near Jesup the son of Frank John Phillips and Anna Katherine Michels. On June 12, 1956, he was united in marriage to Beatrice Ann Moore at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein They made their home on the farm near Jesup while Delbert farmed and also worked 35 years at Rath Packing in Waterloo as an electrician.
Delbert served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He was an active member of St. Athanasius Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council 8227, and Pump-Scheer American Legion Post #342, all in Jesup.
Phillips is survived by his loving wife Beatrice "Bea" of Jesup; four daughters: Regina (Kenneth) Thiry of Waterloo, Marcie (Steve) Miller of Waterloo, Donna Simons of Fishers, Ind. and Ann (Rob) Blaser of Ankeny; three sons: Rick (Debra) Phillips of Jesup, Timothy "Tim" (Angela) Phillips of Independence and Ronnie "Ron" (Carol) Phillips of Rochester, Minn.; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Maxine (Cletus) Even of Jesup; one brother, Cletus (JoAnn) Phillips of LaPorte City, and one sister-in-law, Mathilda "Tillie" Phillips of Jesup. In addition to his parents, four brothers: Clarence (Philomena "Phillie") Phillips, Joseph Phillips, Norbert (Eva Mae) and (Elizabeth "Betty") Phillips, Francis Phillips, and two sisters, Dorothy (Albert "Sam") Freet and Lillian (Vernon) Sommerfelt, preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. – Tuesday, December 29, 2009, at St. Athanasius Catholic Church, Jesup, with military rites conducted by Pump-Scheer American Legion Post 342 of Jesup. Visitation will continue at the funeral home on Monday after 2:00 p.m. when a Parish Rosary will be recited at 3:00 p.m. and Vigil Service held at 7:00 p.m. The casket will also be at the church for an hour before services Tuesday. Memorials will be directed to Pump-Scheer American Legion Post #342 and to St. Athanasius Church and School all in Jesup. Online condolences may be left at White Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Visit our guestbook at
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Dec. 28 to Dec. 31, 2009