In Memory of

Henry Phipps

July 14, 1936 - April 18, 2019
From: Cherokee, IA

Henry “Hank” Phipps was born July 14, 1936 at San Diego, California to Luther and Mabel (Sterman) Phipps.   He moved to Cherokee when he was a young boy.  He graduated from Washington High School in 1955 and soon after he enlisted in the Navy.  While in the Navy he was a diesel mechanic on an icebreaker and spent a lot of his time in the Antarctic.   When he came back to Cherokee, he started working at Iowa Public Service and worked there until he retired.  He married Dorothy Dreyer in May 1961 and together they had three children.   After Dorothy’s passing in 1974, Hank married Judy Jolley in January 1977.   Together they raised 5 children in Cherokee.  Hank and Judy adopted their granddaughter, Emma, in 2014.  In 1995, they moved to Primghar where he lived until his passing.  

 Hank was an avid Christian and always loved helping at the First Church of Christ in Cherokee and then in Primghar.  He loved to be in his garage making things out of wood and even made the cross for the church that stands outside of the church.  He loved being outside in his garden and was talking about his garden how much smaller it was going to have to be this year.   Hank loved to cook and was always reading cookbooks and trying to make everything that sounded good.  Hank was a very loving and generous man and was always helping others in any way he could, he might grumble, but he loved doing it.  He could not hear the best, so he enjoyed telling stories, which he had a lot of them, reading books and putting puzzles together. 

 Hank was lucky to have found 2 people that he loved deeply in his life.   Both Dorothy and Judy added so much to Hank’s life.  Hank was also very fortunate to have a dear friend  that he called his best friend for over 70 years.  Lee Nelson was Hank’s first friend in Cherokee.  They immediately became best friends then and were best friends to this day.  Their friendship was the true meaning of best friends.

 Hank is survived by his son, Bob Phipps (Kristi) of Aurelia, IA, his son, Alan Phipps of Primghar, IA, and daughter, Pam Bezoni (Mike), Cherokee, IA.   His brother, John Phipps (Bev), Cherokee, IA, a sister, Shirley Jenness, Tuscon, AR, a brother and sister-in-law, Harry and Connie Arrick, Primghar, IA, a sister-in-law, Connie Benson, Cherokee, IA, a brother-in-law, Mike Wilbur, Primghar, IA and a sister-in-law, Marilyn Joines, Cherokee, IA.   He had 10 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews. 

 He passed away at Carriage Hills after losing his battle to ongoing infections.  He will be deeply missed by many. 

 The family would like to thank Hospice of Cherokee Regional Medical Center, the staff at Carriage Hills, The Gardens, Dr. Polk and her staff and all the people who have cared for him for the last 6 months. 

Tribute Video
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at the First Church of Christ in Cherokee, Iowa.
Pastor Don Gordon
Paul Taylor
Mike Carrigan
Howard Ballantyne
Pete Barthman
Terry Pinkerton
Keith Hauschildt

Honorary Bearers
Dean Mummert
Lee Nelson ( Henry's Lifelong Friend).

Public visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.

"Beacause He Lives"
"Amazing Grace"

Pianist- Eleanor Johnston
At a later date at Afton Township Cemetery, rural Cherokee, and Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Primghar.


Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 1:44 PM
“Sending my condolences to the Phipps family. May good memories be always at the ready. I have warm memories of Hank and my dad.

Much love to you all,
Dawn Christensen
- Dawn Christensen
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 12:59 PM
“Dearest family of Hank Phipps ... You are all in our foremost thoughts and prayers. Hank is such an integral part of our lives. All of you are an integral part of our lives, and all of you are an extension of our own family -- we say this without hesitation or reservation. Hank is dearly loved by each and every one of us. Hank and Lee have been best friends for over 70 years! To say he will be missed is an understatement. May God Bless You and Keep You Close To His Heart.

We pray that God touches each and every one of Hank's family and friends. We are so Blessed to have had Hank in our lives, and we are better people for it. Thank you for the kind words in Hank's Obituary. We love Hank, and we love each and every one of you. You are all very special to us.

Love, Hugs, and Prayers,
Lee & Janice Nelson
David & Danny Nelson
Cherokee, Iowa”
- Lee & Janice Nelson Family
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 12:59 PM
“Rest easy, Hank!!
- Ron and Jan
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 12:59 PM
“We are so sorry for the loss of Henry, our thoughts and prayers our with your family.”
- Steve and Lois Elliott
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 12:59 PM
“Even when loved ones leave our side, they never leave our hearts. He was a loving, giving, honorable me and will be greatly missed. Rest peacefully Brother/Uncle! Love Shirley, Lori & Rick, Eric & Karen, Lisa & Myles, Hannah & Lauren. Tucson, Arizona”
- Lori Jenness
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 8:31 AM
“We are so sorry for the loss of your father and grandfather. Uncle Henry was a wonderful man and will be very much missed by all!”
- Diane Hogan
Monday, April 22, 2019 at 10:48 AM
“John; We offer our sympathy to you and your family at the death of your brother. May he rest in peace.”
- Fred and Arlene Hollenbeck
Monday, April 22, 2019 at 10:48 AM
“Sorry for your loss. Hugs he will be missed greatly”
- Darlene Feenstra
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