BLUE EARTH - James W. Phipps, age 91, of Blue Earth, died Thursday, April 3, 2014, at St. Luke's Lutheran Care Center in Blue Earth. Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 400 E. 14th St., Blue Earth. Burial will be held at a later date in Riverside Cemetery, Winnebago. Visitation will be one hour prior to services.
Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com
Jim was born Dec. 14, 1922, in Winnebago, Minn., to Dr. Lester and Dorothy (Gregerson) Phipps. Jim graduated from Winnebago High School in 1940 and attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St Peter, Minn. In 1942, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and spent much of his time in the Pacific and Main Land China during WW II. Jim was honorably discharged from the Marines on Feb. 19, 1946. He returned to Winnebago to continue his life and married Kathleen Sullivan on Feb. 7, 1948. He earned the right to belong to the American Legion and VFW for his service to his country. Jim served as commander of the Blue Earth Legion Post 89 and served on the Governors Crime Council. This past year, he had the privilege of being a 60-year member of the American Legion. In 1955, he moved to Blue Earth to become a deputy sheriff, working for Earl Fletcher. In 1968, he took a job as the Civil Defense Director for Faribault County and later retired in 1984. He continued to live in Blue Earth, where he worked part time for Sheriff Roger Fletcher. Jim trapped squirrels, only to release them, was an avid bird watcher and loved to play cribbage in the basement of the Legion.
Jim is survived by his daughters: Susan Phipps of Blue Earth, Theresa (Jim) Brod of New Prague, Patricia (Bill) Remmert of Aitkin, and Leslie Phipps of Eagle Lake; sister, Katherine Miller of Littleton, Colo.; six grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Kathleen in 2011; and a sister, Mary Harden.