Gerald "Jerry" Phillips

Gerald R. Phillips “Jerry” age 74, of Fargo, North Dakota, passed away Thursday February 27, 2020 at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota surrounded by family. Funeral services will be held March 6, 2020, 10:00 AM at Boulger Funeral Home Fargo, ND. Visitation will be one hour prior. Full Military Honors will be provided following the service at Gerald’s place of rest at the Fargo National Cemetery. Gerald was born December 30th, 1945 in Mandan, ND, the son of Edwin and Dorothy Phillips. He grew up for a short period in Bismarck, ND and later moved to Dickinson, ND until he graduated from Dickinson High School. In October of 1965, Gerald entered the US Marine Corps. He spent time at the Marine Corps base in Camp Lejeune, NC and later was stationed in Vietnam for the 2nd TET Offensive. During his time in Camp Lejeune on August 5th, 1967 he married Mary Androski at St. Mathews Cathedral in Washington D.C. Gerald was honorably discharged from serving in the Marine Corps in Oct. 1969 and shortly after moved to Fargo, North Dakota. In Fargo, Gerald obtained an Electrical Technicians degree from the Minnesota Technical College and was employed by Epko Film. Later he was employed by Red River Magnavox and retired in 2006. He was a member of the local Red River Radio Amateurs club and never missed a Ham Radio field day. He enjoyed golfing, camping, and playing his musical instruments (Clarinet and Guitar). He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter, Christine Phillips; son, Patrick Phillips; son, Michael (Rachel) Phillips, all of Fargo, ND; two brothers, Dennis (Linda) Phillips, Phoenix, AZ; Edwin (Bekah) Phillips, Weimar, CA; three sisters, Kathleen (Jon) Fiegen, Chandler, AZ; Aleta (Ed) Huskinson, Kingman, AZ; and Carol (Jay) Gentille, Chandler, AZ; three grandchildren Keila Phillips, Andrew Phillips, and Mia Phillips all of Fargo. Gerald was preceded in death by his parents. The Phillips family would like to give a special thank-you to the amazing staff at the Fargo Veterans Affairs Hospital for their wonderful care and compassionate treatment. In Lieu of flowers, the family would ask that you please make donations to the Fargo Veterans Affairs “Wishes on Wings” program.

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  1. Jerry was one of my big brothers. I remember him mostly from my childhood as my caretaker, teacher, and protector. And he liked to rough house with us young ones. I remember his love for making model cars, our drives to Patterson Lake, and the trips to the boxing building. I was very proud of his service as a Marine. A special loving man.

  2. Jerry and I first met in the early 80s. He was helping teach a ham radio class. We hit it off as friends, over time our friendship grew. We would help each other with radio and antenna projects, do radio functions together.
    Jerry and family had become great friends. We would go camping together at the Peace Gardens, and other locations in the Fargo area.
    He was always a kind hearted person. I don’t think there a mean bone in his body.
    We also bonded some when we found out we are both Vets. He is a Vietnam vet, US Marine Corps.
    Semper Fi
    R.I.P. my friend
    Mike NY0MN

  3. I met Jerry while he was working up in Mayville around year 2000. He’d stop in at my work before his trip up there and either pick up or drop off materials. He always had time for a visit and I liked him for his friendly, easy approachable personality.
    He was a great Ambassador for Ham radio, as he was one of the few that encouraged me to get my license. I learned a lot from him and will miss running into him and our visits.

    Rest in Peace my friend,
    Steve – K0OP

  4. Loved learning more about Jerry and great picture! It was truly an honor meeting him. Thinking of you during this tough time.

  5. I met Jerry at Ponderosa golf course by Glyndon.
    He was always cheerful and talkative. We got together and did some remodeling work on his house. I quite enjoyed doing remodeling work for Jerry I must say we consumed a few red beers after work. I will miss him.

  6. Our prayers are with you Patrick & Family we’re so sorry for your loss may God give you strength and comfort at this Difficult time will keep you in our prayers Mr. & Mrs. John P. Maly

  7. My brothers, Jerry and Denny, and I began our young lives together in Bismarck, ND. It was a different time then when we would play outside constantly as cowboys, pirates, tarzans, and soldiers. I remember the 3 of us swinging through trees, riding pretend horses, reacting to pretend police sirens and wartime noises, and marching down the streets in our neighborhood. The grade school we attended was located up the street from our house on top of a steep hill that we rode our bikes down with what seemed like break neck speed to our young bodies. At some point when Jerry was about 5 0r 6 the school was being remodeled and we were warned by our parents to stay away from the site because the bricks were unstable and dangerous. But we saw it as an opportunity to climb in the bricks and play hide and seek. Unfortunately, the bricks of this attractive nuisance were stacked loosely and fell on little Jerry causing him injury and much bleeding. Either Denny or I ran home to get our parents who rescued him. i remember being so scared for my little brother and breathed a sigh of relief when he was pronounced okay.

    We had many challenges as we grew up but I remember Jerry as always being cheerful, kind, and a very giving person. He became my daughter, Adrienne’s, godfather and helped our mother out as she went through her last years of struggles.

    But what I remember most is how much he loved his family. He was so proud of his children Pat, Christine, and Mike and loved being their father. He was concerned about his spouse, Mary, but was happy that she was being taken care of.

    i will miss my brother Jerry and the great talks we have had over the years.

    His big sister, Kathleen Phillips.


  8. I was about 6 or 7 when I learned to ride my bike. I rode around our block alot. I happened to be pedalling past the Phillips house when my pants leg became caught in the bike chain. I was stuck! This had not happend to me before and I did not know what to do. I was alone and could not get myself out of this. Jerry spotted me struggling and saved the day. He got my leg unstuck and showed me how to get it out because it surely wouldd happen again. I used his trick from then on. I am blessed to have grown up just a couple houses away. I have many great memories from our block and Jerry will be missed. Prayers to the Phillips Family. Gerald D. Gould II. 3/5/2020

  9. I met Jerry shortly after getting my Amateur Radio License in the early 80’s. I met him through the Red River Radio Amateurs’ and learned he was only a few blocks from me. He was always willing to help and enjoyed a good chat.
    After getting married, then later moving to Minneapolis I lost touch with him for years. Later when I was able to get more involved in Ham Radio and started attending the RRRA Hamfest, I always looked forward to seeing Jerry and other club members.
    I will always remember participating with in the last couple of Field Days.

    73 Jerry
    NK0A de K0VG KN

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