Patrick Milton Philippi
A Celebration of Pat’s life is open to family and friends on Friday, January 12, 2018, from 4 – 8 PM at the Sioux Falls American Legion, 1701 Legion Dr., Sioux Falls, SD. Military Service Honors will occur with family privately.
Cards and flowers can be sent to either of his daughters – contact the funeral home for addresses.
Patrick “Pat” Milton Philippi was born on February 3, 1951 in Tyndall, SD to Edwin and Edna (Jungling) Philippi. He grew up on the family farm near Tyndall and graduated from Tyndall High School in 1969. He then went on to college at Southern State, where he earned a Bachelor of Business degree and played collegiate tennis. Pat served in the Army and was stationed in Germany. After his military service and college, he worked as a banker. In 1975, Pat was united in marriage to Linda Pechous. The couple was blessed with two loving daughters, Rachael and Rhonda.
Pat lived his life with a passion for sports, hunting, fishing, being outdoors, and time with family. Memorable times in high school were spent playing basketball and football for the Tyndall “Panthers”. He and his twin brother, Mike were famous for their “Philippi Press”, which helped the team to a nearly undefeated season with only two losses and coming in third place in the State “B” South Dakota basketball tournament during their senior year. Pat was named to the All Tournament Team during that state tournament. In his senior year of college, Pat was recognized in tennis singles as ‘runner up’. His love of sports continued following school with YMCA basketball, softball, tennis, golf, racquetball, and bowling. Then to watching his daughters’ and grandchildren’s sporting activities.
Being the avid outdoorsman, Pat enjoyed hunting and fishing with countless family and friends. Pat was well known for 25 years of the Annual Pi’s Walleye Fishing Derby. His passion for the outdoors included time spent with his daughters and their families camping, boating, and pulling kids skiing and tubing. He enjoyed grilling food and was always willing to help others when he could.
Grateful for sharing his life are his daughters; Rachael (Nathan) Schwab and Rhonda (Greg) Hammerquist, four grandchildren; Reese and Reid Hammerquist, and Brady and Lily Schwab; siblings, Harvey Philippi, Darla (Jim) Hento, Audrey Maas, and sister-in-law Judy Philippi, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Pat is preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; Fred and Lydia Philippi, Carl and Rosina Jungling; beloved twin brother Michael “Mike” Philippi, and his sister-in-law, Aloyce Philippi.