Obituary: Monte ‘Goose’ Phillips

Monte A. “Goose” Phillips, 63, died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. He was born July 26, 1954, in Newton to John W. and Gwen (Richards) Phillips.

Monte was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church, the American Legion and Eagles AERIE 2516, all of Newton.

He was employed as a machinist at AGCO in Hesston for nearly 17 years. Monte also worked on the family farm south of Newton. He had a love of animals and nature; he loved to care for the animals that were on the farm throughout the years including many dogs, barn cats and raising sheep.

Monte passionately followed the Kansas City Chiefs and KU Jayhawks. He proudly wore his KU and Chiefs hats.

Family was important to Monte, and he looked forward to spending time with his mother and his sister and her family. He also enjoyed the time he spent with his friends.

Monte’s legacy of giving will live on with the “Gift of Sight” he shared following his death.

Monte is survived by his mother Gwen of Newton; sister Marci Phillips of Valley Center; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

He is preceded in death by his father John W. Phillips.

A gathering and visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. A celebration of Monte’s life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Newton American Legion with Pastor Adam Welty presiding. Private family interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.

Memorials are suggested to Caring Hands Humane Society or American Legion in care of Petersen Funeral Home.