Obituary: Phil M. Wheatcroft

Phil M. Wheatcroft, 59, of Hesston died on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, at Newton Medical Center.

He was born on Jan. 1, 1958, in Quinter to Francis and Bernity Wheatcroft. They preceded him in death.

Survivors include brother Joe Wheatcroft of Rock Island, Ill.; sister, Janice Blender of Wakeeney; nephew, Chet Blender of Wakeeney; sister Lucille Benton of Wakeeney; Babbers his cat; and a host of friends.

Phil loved working with his hands, and he was a painter by trade. He spent more than 20 years working for Leroy Koehn and then started a business on his own. Phil was a mentor to many, helping a great deal of folks. If you met him, he was more than likely your friend. He had a childlike exuberance for life, he lived with his heart and the majority of the time, he had a smile on his face and his harmonica in his pocket. He was great at cracking jokes and had a gift for bringing smiles.

A celebration of life will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Hall, 221 S.E. 14th St. All friends are welcome; please bring a side dish.

Donations are gratefully appreciated and can be made payable to Petersen’s Funeral Home in Newton on Phil’s behalf.

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