Timothy J. Phillips

January 29, 1962February 20, 2021

Timothy John Phillips was born on January 29th, 1962 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was the third of four children born to John (Jack) Alvie Phillips and Barbara Ellen (Ramin) Phillips. He was blessed to grow up with his three sisters: Cynthia (Phillips) Hess, Sandra (Phillips) Demarais and Tamara (Phillips) Hendrickson. The siblings were close and enjoyed an active social life with many neighborhood friends. The Phillips home was a loving and favorite place to gather for all the kids in the newly booming, suburban neighborhood. Timothy participated in many activities including sports and boy scouts. He discovered early on that he had an affinity for creating, especially music. He taught himself to read music and to play several instruments and there he found his first love, writing music. Timothy became most attached to playing guitar. A passion he pursued until he was physically unable to anymore. While attending Coon Rapids High school Timothy met the love of his life, his true soulmate, Rhonda Porter. Luckily for Timothy, Rhonda felt the same way about him and the two were married in August of 1984 in Anoka, Minnesota. The two built a home in the Coon Rapids area and soon gave birth to two children that were the light of their lives and their proudest accomplishments. Jacqueline was born in February of 1985 and Derek followed in June of 1990. Timothy explored many career paths in a vigilant effort to always provide for his beloved family. He attended culinary school, auto body repair school, he was even a small business owner for a brief while. As talented a musician as he was he put his music on the back burner so that his family always came first. In May of 2005 he graduated with honors with a degree in Architectural Technology in an effort to pursue a more stable profession that he showed real talent in. It took years and much strife before him and Rhonda were able to breathe easily and settle into a stable life. Tragically, shortly after doing so Rhonda fell ill and died in Timothy’s arms at the young age of 54. Timothy was grief stricken and although he tried his best to continue on for his children and grandchildren his soul was bound with Rhonda’s and 16 months after she passed he lay down and joined her. Just weeks after his 59th birthday, Timothy joined his bride in the ever after but not before forming beautiful new relationships with his loved ones he had grown distant from. A blessing he left us all with. Timothy was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara and wife Rhonda. He leaves behind his father and siblings, son, daughter and 3 grandchildren: Emilie, Lydia and Lysander.


26 February

Public Visitation

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Gearhart Funeral Home

11275 Foley Blvd NW
Coon Rapids, Minnesota

In adherence to CDC Masks required and social distancing required


Timothy J. Phillips

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Bryn Fadum

February 23, 2021

Derek, Though I am far away from you and Yulea right now, I am with you every day of this sorrowful time. And...I never realized how much you look like your dad! Love you!


Samantha Stern (Wnuk)

February 22, 2021

My deepest sympathy to your family. I remember seeing Tim at all of our Phillips family reunions when I was a kid. I remember having so much fun with all of my cousins.

Mark Flynn

February 22, 2021

Tim was a kind and thoughtful soul. I have been lucky to have known Tim the last 4 years. I will miss him dearly. All who knew Tim were a better person because of it.

John Rutherford

February 22, 2021

Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss during this difficult time. I had the privilege of working with Tim at Braun Intertec during his time with us. He was always in good spirits and made the office a better place when he was there. Tim will be missed by all who knew and worked with him. May our thoughts and prayers be with you.

Aaron Schulzetenberg

February 22, 2021

Tim was the main technician on a project of mine that extended over 2 years and during that time I was able to see some of his greatest qualities. He was a hard worker, very knowledgeable and helpful in areas where I needed it most. His great attitude went a long way in successful completion of the project and based on my experiences, I can only imagine what he meant to those close to him. I send my sincerest condolences to his family and friends at this time. He will be missed.