Ronald Raymond Phillipp
Ronald Raymond Phillipp
Ronald Raymond Phillipp was born on September 11, 1932. He was raised in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin on the Mississippi River where he spent his childhood fishing, swimming and hunting. He graduated from Prairie High School in 1951 and shortly after enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Korea. While in the service, he was awarded many medals for his sharp-shooting. When he was honorably discharged in 1954, he moved to Two Harbors, Minnesota where he worked for the Duluth Messabe and Iron Range Railroad, first as a carpenter and then as an electrician. He worked as an electrician for the railroad and later for various locals out of Duluth and Denver.
Ron received his Bachelor of Science in Distributed Social Studies from the University of Colorado in 1967. He received his Masters of Arts in Secondary School Administration from the University of Northern Colorado in 1971. After graduation in 1967, he worked for Adams 12 Five Star Schools for 23 years. During his first years in education he taught Social Studies. When the opportunity arose to go into vocational education, he jumped on it. Ron taught Industrial Cooperative Education and then served as Assistant Principal and Principal at Bollman Occupational Center until he retired in 1990.
Ron met Marie Guttormson in Two Harbors. Marie moved to Colorado for a teaching position and in 1963 he married and joined her in Colorful Colorado. They were blessed with a daughter Darcy and a son Darren. Ron and family moved to the country in 1976 where he transformed a barren acreage into a Sherwood Forest, planting over 300 trees. Ron was an avid gardener. His favorite crops were tomatoes, corn and cantaloupe. He plowed and planted and let Marie do the weeding. Ron was also a skilled woodworker and builder. He made furniture, added solar rooms to his home in Berthoud and also built a second garage/workshop/horse barn.
Ron loved his children immensely. He had fond memories of ski trips, even though he stuck to the bunny slope as Darcy and Darren advanced rapidly to intermediate and beyond. Summers were spent going camping in the Rocky Mountains and on road trips to Wisconsin, Minnesota and Washington. He was proud of his children's many accomplishments and supported them through difficult times with comfort and advice. Ron also loved going on cruises. His favorite cruises were the Panama Canal and Alaska. He also enjoyed trips with Marie to Vegas and the "mountains."
Ron is survived by his wife Marie; daughter and son-in-law Darcy and Marty; daughter-in-law Lelani and her daughters Alex and Felicia; and numerous sister and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends. He is preceded in death by his son Darren, his parents Violet and Raymond, sister Colleen Tippery and brother Reggie.
Funeral services will be held at Lutheran Church of Hope, 2595 N. Monroe Ave, Loveland, CO on Friday, October 27th 2017 at 1:00pm with interment at Loveland Burial Park immediately following services. A reception will be held at Lutheran Church of Hope following the interment. Go to www.viegutfuneralhome.com for on-line condolences.