Larry Gene Phillips

Larry Gene Phillips

A Celebration of Life for Nebraska City native, Larry Phillips will be held on Friday, August 27th, 2-5 p.m. at Lake Avenue Lounge, 615 Lake Avenue, Storm Lake, Iowa. Reverend Duane Queen will conduct a brief memorial service at 2 p.m. followed by social time for visiting, remembering Larry and enjoying one another. Appetizers and drinks will be provided. The family requests that you wear something RED to honor Larry's favorite team, the Nebraska Cornhuskers. If you plan to attend we need your assistance. Please email your name and number of people attending to Bonnie at He was 77 and died July 16th and the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha of complications following a stroke

A Memorial to the Storm Lake School District Foundation has been established in his name.

Larry Gene Phillips was born September 2, 1943 in Nebraska City, NE the son of Earl and Betty Jane Phillips. He attended school, graduating with the Class of 1961. In high school, he played many sports with basketball being his favorite. His claim to fame was being named basketball "Player of the Week" by the Omaha World Herald his senior year. Another favorite sports story involves track. Mr. Fun liked to talk about the time he ran against Gayle Sayers in a track meet. "Unfortunately," Larry said, "the only time the race was close was in the starting blocks and Sayers was probably in the showers by the time I crossed the finish line!"

He went to Peru State College where he received his teaching degree. He taught social studies and economics for 2 years in Minden, NE and the same for 11 years in Harlan, IA. While there he met a cute kindergarten teacher, Bonnie Mittelstadt.

They were married on April 15, 1973 in Storm Lake. In June of 1978, they moved from Harlan and went into business with Bonnie's mother, Kate at the Sugar Bowl Gift Shop. They became sole owners in 1980 and continued to own and operate the store until October 1, 2002.

Larry was involved in many activities in the Storm Lake community including Rotary, Lake Creek Country Club, Chamber of Commerce and the Industrial Board. He was a member of the original Star-Spangled Spectacular committee and continued to serve for several years as the Coordinator of the Food Booths. He was also a member of Lakeside Presbyterian Church.

Larry was a life-long sports fan. His favorite team being the Nebraska Cornhuskers. He stayed interested in all Storm Lake sports teams, Tornadoes, Panthers and BVU Beavers.

His family includes his wife, Bonnie; children Katie Henry and her children, Alex, Caleb and Izak; Ben and his wife, Megan and their daughter, Margot; Steve and his wife, Molly and their children: Courtney (Joey) Reed, Taylor and Trevor and son, Kevin. A brother, Allen and his wife, Rachael and their children: Brian (Brandi), Andrew (Jamie), Sam (special friend, Cassie) and Betsy (Wes) Sorensen.

Posted online on August 06, 2021