Eugene K. Phillips, 80, of Chisholm died Friday, Jan. 28, 2012, at Heritage Manor in Chisholm following a long illness of cancer.

Eugene was born in Watertown, S.D. to Clara and Fred Phillips on May 9, 1931. He married Pauline Phelps in May 1954 in Webster, S.D.

Eugene worked at Propane Supply and Cenex in Watertown where he delivered propane.

Pauline died in 1997 and he reacquainted with his childhood sweetheart, Dorothy Ebert, and they were married June 26, 1999. Following his marriage to Dorothy, they moved to Chisholm. Dorothy died one year ago.

Eugene is survived by five children, Paula (Will) Pillatzki of LaBolt, S.D., Marcia (Chuck) Leemhuis of Watertown, Twylae Phillips of Watertown, Burton Phillips of Watertown and Adam Phillips; two stepchildren, Bonnie (Jim) Finch of Chisholm and Tim (Karen) Ebert of Fergus Falls, Minn.; eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and stepgrandchildren and four stepgreat-grandchildren; and a special pet, Pepper, who was adopted by Paula.

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A springtime memorial service will be announced. Arrangements are with the Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.

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