Dr. Phil R. Lundquist
August 27, 1935 ~ December 23, 2013
Dr. Phil R. Lundquist, 78, Sioux Falls, died Monday, December 23, 2013, at his home, after a long battle with cancer.
Visitation will be Friday, December 27, 2013, at Central Baptist Church, Sioux Falls, SD, from 5:00-7:00PM, with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Memorial services will begin at 1:00 PM, Saturday, December 28, at Central Baptist Church, with Pastor Gordon Bates officiating.
Phil was born in Garretson, SD, on August 27, 1935, to Oscar and Jennie (Olsen) Lundquist and graduated from high school in 1953. After attending college at Sioux Falls College, Phil enlisted in the US Navy, where he served for two years. In 1960, he graduated from SDSU with a degree in Zoology. After teaching high school biology for two years in Hartford, SD, Phil began optometry school at Indiana University and graduated in 1965. In 1960, he married Sally Knight, who died unexpectedly in 1968. Phil married Audrey Schulte on July 19, 1969.
For over 40 years, Phil practiced optometry in Sioux Falls. He loved his career and working with all of his patients. Phil was active with the VOSH organization, providing free eye exams and glasses in Mexico. Over the years, he and Audrey made 15 trips to Mexico and met many new friends.
Phil enjoyed singing with barbershop choruses, playing golf, and participating at Central Baptist Church with their music and drama programs. In 1990, Phil was named “Barbershopper” of the Year. From the Lions Club, Phil received the following awards: Robert L. Tyler Award, Melvin Jones Fellow, and Lions International Relations.
Phil’s smile will be missed by his family and all of his many friends. Phil’s greatest joy in life was enjoying his grandkids.
Phil leaves behind his wife, Audrey; two daughters: Stephanie (Mark) Michel, Jackson, WY, and Sheleen (Lonny) Bauer, Harrisburg, SD; and three grandchildren: Harrison Philip, (who was born on Phil’s 69th birthday), Gabriel Louis and Elsa Mathilda, all of Harrisburg, SD.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Jennie Lundquist, and his brother, Marv Lundquist.
The family has established a memorial in Phil’s honor.