Philip Arthur Kyllo, 90, passed away Friday morning, July 17, 2015, at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Gayle, Phil’s wife of 62 years, two sons, daughter and daughter in-law, brother and sister in-law were at his side.
Phil was born October 20, 1924 to Richard and Amanda Kyllo on their farm in rural Hayfield. He attended rural grade school and graduated in 1943 from Hayfield High school. During the Korean conflict he enlisted in the army and served building bridges. After being honorably discharged in July 1952 Phil returned to Minnesota and on May 31, 1953 married Gayle Joan Burk from Amboy Minnesota. They made their home in Kasson and raised three children Bryan, Jan and Tom. He worked at Crenlo for a short time before joining IBM where he worked for 29 years, retiring in 1986.
He brought a love of travel and laughter to his family taking them on extensive road trips which continued into retirement. In his retirement, his job as a shuttle driver at Rochester’s Holiday Inn provided benefits that allowed them to continue traveling for many years. Before putting away the road maps, they had traveled to all of the continental United States and Canada. After retiring, Phil and Gayle moved to Rochester where he found ways to apply his ingenuity and creative talents working in his shop and finishing their retirement home. Always a kidder, he loved a good laugh, making other’s laugh and was not opposed to playing a prank now and then.
He will be greatly missed by his wife Gayle, son Bryan and his wife Genell (Mantorville), daughter Jan Guild (Rochester) and son Tom (Rochester). He is also survived by sister Nordis (Frank) Munnikhuysen of Palm Desert, CA, brothers Ralph (Wilma) and Raymond (Darlene) Kyllo both from Hayfield, sister-in-law Orpha (Sanford) Edgar (Conroe, TX), grandchildren Dianna (Mark) Gryniewski, Lindsey Kyllo, Adam (Elizabeth) Kyllo, and Gordon and Gabriel Guild. Phil was blessed to have three great-grandchildren Olan and Elise (Dianna and Mark) and Dominick (Adam and Elizabeth) who always made him smile.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother Thea, sister Ruth and brother in-law Earnest Sire (Napa, CA) and step-brothers Sanford Edgar (Conroe, TX) and Maurice Edgar (Austin)
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at Zumbro Lutheran Church, 624 3rd Ave SW, Rochester, MN. with Pastor Vern Christopherson officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service. There will be no reviewal. Burial will follow at the Evanger Lutheran Church in rural Sergeant, MN.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials for them to distribute later according to their wishes.
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