Edward “Ed” William Phillips
WAMEGO-Edward “Ed” William Phillips, 60, of Wamego, Kansas passed away Saturday, May 25, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Ed was born March 24, 1953 in Topeka, Kansas, the son of Cecil and Dorothy (Noll) Phillips. He grew up on the family farm near Valley Falls, Kansas and attended schools in Valley Falls graduating from Valley Falls High School in 1971. After high school Ed attended Kansas State University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Education. After college Ed began working at St. George High School teaching Ag Ed until 1976 when he began working at the Kaw Valley State Bank in Wamego, while also studying for his Master’s Degree in Agriculture from Kansas State University. After earning his Master’s Degree in 1978 Ed continued to work as a banker for Kaw Valley State Bank for 28 years before he retired as Senior Vice President. On October 21, 1991, Ed was united in marriage to Mary Alice Souther-Kratz in Wamego, Kansas. She survives of their home.
Ed was on the Board of Directors for Three Rivers, on the Board of Directors of Frontier Development and was a past member of the Board of Directors at Kaw Valley State Bank of Wamego. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and was a member of the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church of Wamego. Ed’s faith in Christ never failed and he was a loving husband and father who was devoted to his family.
Ed is also survived by his mother: Dorothy Phillips; his ten children: Greta Kratz and husband J.T., Ashley Tyler and husband Jonathon, Paul Phillips, Andrew Kratz and wife Jesse, Susan Garcia and husband Randall, Jane Phillips, Helen Phillips, Annie Phillips, Daniel Phillips and David Phillips; eight sisters: Carol, Susan, Mary, Alice, Jean, Kay, Kim and Janet; four brothers: Jim, Bill, Pete and Joe and three grandchildren: Ben and McKenna Tyler and Abby Phillips. He was preceded in death by his father Cecil and twin brothers: Daniel and Dale.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 31, 2013, at the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Wamego. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Ed will lie in-state beginning at 1:00p.m., Thursday at the Stewart Funeral Home of Wamego where a Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m. followed by a visitation until 8:00p.m. Memorials are suggested to the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Three Rivers or PRN Homecare and Hospice and may be left in care of the Stewart Funeral Home, PO Box 48, Wamego, KS 66547. Online condolences may also be left at www.stewartfuneralhomes.com