The funeral service for Neil Frederick Phillips of Hartland, Minnesota will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 12, 2011 at All Saints Catholic Church, New Richland, Minnesota. Father Swami will officiate. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, New Richland. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Bonnerup Funeral Service, Albert Lea, and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Neil died Saturday, August 6, 2011 in Pennsylvania from a motorcycle accident. He was 60 years old.
Neil was born April 18, 1951 in Albert Lea, Minnesota to Fred and Marilyn (Sondergard) Phillips. He was a lifetime Hartland area resident. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Southern School of Agriculture, Waseca, in 1969. He then continued his education, graduating from Mankato Technical College.Neil married Julie Wyrum on November 17, 1972 in Morristown, Minnesota. They have one son, Matthew. Neil farmed near Hartland, happy that his son wanted to follow in his footsteps. Neil was an avid sportsman, especially enjoying time with Matthew snowmobiling, motorcycling, and trap shooting. Neil was proud to be a member of the Patriot Guard Riders, which was his way of honoring our servicemen and their families in their time of need.
Neil is survived by his loving wife Julie Phillips of rural Hartland; son Matthew Phillips of rural Hartland; his father Fred Phillips of New Richland; brother Dale (Valerie) Phillips of Hartland; sister Lori (Michael) Frafjord of Rosemount; brother Dann (Joanne) Phillips of Hartland; mother-in-law Lillian Wyrum of Albert Lea; and many nieces and nephews.
Neil was preceded in death by his mother Marilyn Phillips and father-in-law Russell Wyrum.
Blessed be his memory.