Phillip had a love for nature, whether it was state or national parks. He enjoyed the outdoors and all manner of activities related to it. Hiking, biking, and finding the next adventure or the next waterfall around the corner. Phillip used nature to meditate on his favorite scriptures and strong exploratory faith. One of his passion projects was the effort to clean these nations waterways as well as other environmental efforts.
He was passionate for world news, politics, debating and even friendly banter with anyone who was brave enough to challenge him. Phil was an “expert” in all things, and was an avid reader- regularly reading newspapers, articles and all things related to world news and current events.
Phillip was a master of trivia games and loved challenging anyone to win while adhering “strictly to the rules.” His family thought he should have applied to be on Jeopardy, but his humble nature kept him from doing so.
He had a cleaver wit and was known for his unique antics. He also was known to have a “survival pack” that typically included everything but the kitchen sink for anyone who might have need.
Phil also enjoyed the farmers market and using all the fresh ingredients to make his favorite spicy chili and stacked sandwiches. The spicier the better in Phil’s book.
Most of all, Phil enjoyed spending time with his friends and family especially his nieces and nephew who adored him. Ever the protector, Phil was always looking out for his sisters of whom he was especially proud. He was an immeasurably friendly person, the life of the party, and made friends wherever he went.
Phillip is survived by his parents Gerald and Connie, sisters: Heather (Bryan) Nieman, Kristina (Tanner) Lund, nieces: Ivory, Pepper and Rosie Nieman, and Isla Lund; and nephew Morgan Lund. Grandmother Donna (Hartjes) Hoffman, Grandfather Carl (Karlene) Hoffman, many aunts, uncles, great aunts and uncles, cousins and close friend of the family Katie McKenna further survive him. The great Archduke Kernel Ty Cobb, Phil’s gray tabby will also miss his companionship.
Phil was greeted in Heaven by his Grandparents Edward and Alice (VerBockel) Marx, Uncle Edward Marx Jr., great aunts, and uncles as well as special friend of the family Don Melotte.
A funeral mass for Phillip will be held Saturday May 14, 2022, at 11:00am at St Katharine Drexel Parish-St Mary Church, 119 W 7th Street Kaukauna, WI. Friends and family may gather at the church from 9:00am until the start of mass. Phillip will be laid to rest alongside his grandparents in St Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Kaukauna.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established.