Dr. Phil R. Lundquist

August 27, 1935 ~ December 23, 2013

Lundquist, Phil_oval copy


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.

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  • Merle &Barb Lewis says:

    What a wonderful photo of Phil. We always remember the bright full smile he had for us each time we would get to see him. Phil was someone you were happy that they entered your lives.

  • Chuck Vasgaard says:

    I remember when Phil joined the Babershoppers chorus. We had many good times years ago and it was hard for me to leave the group back in the early 1980’s because of so many friendships in the chorus. Phil had a special smile and warmth that will be missed. Our condolances to the family. Chuck & Joan Vasgaard

  • Audrey and family thinking of all of u in my prayers !

  • Phil,
    You truly will be missed. You have inspired me in so many ways. Always greeted everyone with a smile. Never heard you complain about anything, ever. You and Audrey have blessed so many people through your travels in Mexico and touched so many lives here in South Dakota. It has been a pleasure knowing you and serving with you in our Lions Club. Thanks for all the memories, they will be cherished. Hugs to Audrey and all your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Sharon Hawes says:

    Our sincere sympathy to all of you.

    We will miss you at dance club. I will always remember Phil’s smile.

    Blessed be his memory.

    Marv & Sharon Hawes

  • Hermina Berkan says:

    dear audrey and family, we had such a wonderful visit in arizona and will remember the good visit. our prayers are with you and family. love to you all. cousin hermina and walter.

  • Kent and Pat Brandsgaard says:

    Audrey and family thinking and praying for you during this sorrowful time.

  • Elaine Wendt says:

    Mr. Lundquist was my science teacher at Hartford High school. He was a great teacher, one of my favorites. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Elaine Wendt

  • Sam and Kerri Amato says:

    Audrey, Stephanie, Sheleen and family – so sorry to hear the loss of Phil. Find comfort in the memories you have of him. He was a wonderful man. He and his barbershop singing group came to work and sang to me one year for Valentine’s day…one of the highlights of my life.

  • Mike and Artyce Brooke says:

    Our thoughts and prayers to Audrey and your family at this time of loss. We’ve known Phil as a perpetually cheerful optometric colleague and fellow VOSH supporter and volunteer. His cheerful enthusiasm for all things good will be greatly missed. Adios, nuestro amigo!

  • Leads from the Wasington Pavilion says:

    Phil has been greatly missed as a volunteer at the Washington Pavilion . He always had a big smile and kind words to say to the patrons as they entered into the hall. He must of been to good at being a greeter and is now welcoming new comers to heaven. Audrey our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He will be missed but many. Leads at pavilion: Jane Johnson, Lori Frankman, Heidi Olson

  • Lin Shippy says:

    Sorry to hear about Phil. I looked forward to seeing Phil for years when I went to get my eyes checked. It was hard having to turn to someone different after he retired. His smile was contagious. Take care Audrey. I’ll be thinking about you.Lin Shippy

  • Cheryl D. says:

    My condolences to the family and close friends of Mr. Lundquist. Look forward to the time promised when we can welcome back our loved ones from the sleep that only our heavenly Father can awaken them from. (John 5:28,29) God’s Word gives us the sure hope of the resurrection, of being raised to life once again. (Acts 24:15; Daniel 12:2) It is my hope that these verses will help console each of you and give you peace.

  • Brian and Sheralyn Lewis says:

    Along with a smile everytime we saw him, his laugh will always be something remembered about uncle Phil. We love you and will miss you until we see you again. Our hearts are with Audrey, Steph, Sheleen and family during this time…wish we could be there but will talk/see you soon!

  • Lou Ann Boer says:

    Our sympathy to you,Audrey, and family.
    We haven’t seen you for several years…
    I usually don’t read obituaries, but did today.
    I was saddened to see Phil’s obituary.
    Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Lou Ann & Gary Boer

  • Jan Knutson says:

    Audrey I am so sorry to hear about Phil. I am in Virginia with my daughter and just tonight heard this sad sad news. Your family is my thoughts and prayers and I will contact you when I get back next week.

    With love and hugs

  • Shelley (Knutson) Castinado says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Praying that God will comfort you during this time.

  • We were so sad to hear about Phil. He fought a tough battle. This is a great photo of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sharon & Joe

  • Kaye & Warren Huber says:

    Dear Audrey – We were out of town last week so were unable to come to the services. We always enjoyed seeing you both at the dances. We will miss seeing Phil. He was always so friendly. Are thinking of you during this sorrowful time.

  • Barb Jackson says:

    Dear Audrey

    There are no words. You were Phils’ wife, the mother of his children and the grandmother of their children. In allcatagoerry you served well. May God give you a sense of nearness as you grieve this heart wrenching loss. In His Love, Barb

  • Audrey Watzek says:

    Audrey, I am so sorry to read about Phil’s passing. You and your family are certainly in my thoughts and prayers.

    Blessings to you,

    Audrey Watzek

  • Lorraine Krumbach Kintz says:

    Audrey and Family, I’m thinking of you at this difficult time. I know you have a strong faith that will help you through this.

  • Brad Nelson says:

    Sorry I heard about this so late. Phil was a great friend to me. We even sang together briefly in a quartet. He was also my optometrist when I was a kid. I will miss him greatly. God Bless and Godspeed.

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