Delmar Phillips

Obituary of Delmar Phillips

A memorial service for Delmar Phillips, age 82, will be held Saturday, November 5th at 3:00 PM at Crosswinds Church in Spirit Lake.

Delmar passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2022, at Lakes Regional Hospital Hospice surrounded by family in prayer.


Delmar Eugene Phillips, the son of Clifford and Melvina (Fogle) Phillips, was born November 15, 1939, in Spirit Lake, Iowa. He was a lifelong resident of Spirit Lake.


On August 6, 1961, he married Bonnie Schlotfeldt in Estherville, Iowa and they were blessed with three children.


After graduating from SLHS, he started working for the US Postal Service. He walked a 15-mile route for thirty-four years. After retiring from the post office, he enjoyed retirement by working for Diamond Lake Concrete, working side-by-side with Dean, JD, Renae, Josh, Danielle, Stephanie, Jenny and Marie.


Delmar was a member of Faith Evangelical Free Church and served as trustee. He took pride in men’s workday, helping in construction of all three sections of the church building and parking lot. Delmar did whatever it took to build the church that stands today, Crosswinds Church.


Delmar enjoyed time in his backyard watching the activities on East Okoboji, the Minnesota Vikings and the Iowa Hawkeyes on game days, and any school activity he could attend. He also liked to spend time hunting and fishing with Tony.


He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Bonnie; their three children, Tony (Theresa) Phillips of Buffalo Center, Iowa, Kristina Phillips of Spirit Lake, Iowa and Michelle Phillips of Spirit Lake, Iowa; granddaughters, Jessica Phillips of Des Moines, Iowa, Danielle (Mike) Hart of Estherville, Iowa and Bethany (Tyler) Allen of Estherville, Iowa; great-grandchildren, Grace Hart and Micah Allen; sister, Ila (Hank) Spenst of Sunrise, Florida; brother, Howard Phillips of Young, Arizona; Aunt Ruth Hansen of Estherville, Iowa; cousins, nieces, and nephews.


Delmar was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Allen and Melvin; parents-in-law, Harold and Betty Schlotfeldt; sisters-in-law, Diana (Schlotfeldt) Van Eman and Karen (Schlotfeldt) Ray; and nephew, Monty Phillips.



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