OBITUARY

Jerry Lee Phillips

October 7, 1942October 18, 2019

Jerry Lee Phillips, 77, of Windsor, Colorado passed away Friday, October 18, 2019. Born in McLeansboro, Illinois, he was the son of the late Paul and Reva Phillips. Jerry graduated from McLeansboro High School in 1960 and Southern Illinois University in 1965 with a BS in Agriculture. Jerry continued at SIU to attain a Master of Science in 1966. While in high school, he met Kay Lue Gladden and they married while they both attended SIU.

Jerry worked in the agricultural chemical industry and held a variety of positions in sales and management in Missouri, Nebraska, Illinois, and Colorado. He particularly enjoyed the period of time he held the position of President of Loveland Industries. He retired as Executive Vice-President of United Ag Products in 2002 and has filled his days since with golf, travel, sports, and family. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren, and his Nebraska Cornhuskers. He will be remembered for his strong family values, his sense of humor, the twinkle in his eye when something amused him, and his willingness to share his opinions on politics and sports.

Surviving are Kay Lue, his wife of over 54 years; his two children, Julie (Tom) Findlow of Green River, WY., and Chad (Jenny) Phillips of Naperville, IL.; his four grandchildren, Ryan, Sarah, Nick, and Jake; his sister, Betty (Larry) Rowland of McLeansboro; two nieces, Kelly (Greg) Gollaher of Nashville, IL., and Stacy (Bryan) Henderson of McLeansboro, IL., and more aunts, uncles, great-nephews, and cousins than we can count.

We will gather together to celebrate Jerry’s life at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 26, at Resthaven Funeral Home at 8426 S. Hwy 287, Fort Collins, Colorado 80525. A reception will follow. Burial will take place in McLeansboro, IL at a later date, including a reception for local friends and family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society, two organizations that are meaningful to our family.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, October 26, 2019
  • Reception Saturday, October 26, 2019

Memories

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Rex Hopkins

October 25, 2019

Jerry was a mentor to me, though he probably didn’t even know it. We worked for the same organization for many years. I much respected him as a human being and businessman. Condolences to his family and friends, may Jerry R.I.P.

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Bill Eastwood

October 25, 2019

It was my privilege and honor to know Jerry for some 40+years and memories of our time together will stay with me forever.Jerry was my kind of man-just the facts but with a wry humor. He was as honest and loyal friend as anyone could have(you have to be to play golf with me).He went went out of his way to help me and many others.
Bill Eastwood

Bill & Nancy Richards

October 24, 2019

Jerry was a gentle soul and will be deeply missed — what a friendly neighbor and golfing buddy.

We send our condolences to his loving wife, Kay Lue, and the rest of his family.

Tw and Elaine Warren

October 23, 2019

Lots of fun playing golf at Greeley Country Club. Sorry for your loss. 🌹🌹

Carolyn Gattis

October 23, 2019

Kay Lue and Family,
We are sending prayers. Having been neighbor and with the connection with United Agri Products it was always a pleasure to get to visit with you. I have to admit I was jealous of all the fun trips they two of you took. I keep thinking someday I hope Scott and I can enjoy seeing the country like the Phillips have.
Blessings
Carolyn and Scott Gattis

Danny Lester

October 22, 2019

Jerry was such a great guy and great boss, there wasn't much anybody wouldn't do for him. I had the pleasure and honor of having him as a boss and a friend. I'm just one of many I'm sure and we'll all miss you.
KayLue, my condolences, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

David Lee

October 22, 2019

Jerry and I grew up together, being a year older made him my mentor. If JERRY said the sun rises in the west, then I believed him. He was everything that I wish I could be ( THE WIND BENEATH MY WINGS). Jerry was able to see the good in everyone, and gave confidence to all. He lived 1st John 4-12, even before he saw it. He loved living in Colorado but his roots were in Illinois. R. I.P. - my best friend.

Glen Mundt

October 22, 2019

Jerry was a fantastic boss who became a very close friend. The four of us would meet and play golf together in Windsor, Phoenix and Green Valley! I think a lot of Jerry's success can be credited to Kay Lue. Our thoughts are with you Kay Lue and your family.

Glen and Barb Mundt

Dale Hanson

October 21, 2019

I was lucky to have known Jerry. He gave me a great opportunity to work for Loveland. He believed in me, and was a great mentor. Jerry was the best boss you would ever have wanted. He also was a good friend
We had a lot of great times together.
Unfortunately I never beat him at a golf game. 😂
Thanks for all the memories.

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