Philip L. Herdahl, age 94, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, July 13, 2014, surrounded by his loving family and attended by Adoray Hospice Care.
He was born on the family farm in Connorsville, Wisconsin, the son of Ole and Olga (Strand) Herdahl. He was baptized and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Connorsville and graduated from Downing High School. In 1944 he married Doris Newville and they lived on the family farm and raised three daughters, a son and a nephew whose mother died when he was three years old.
Phil retired from farming and he and Doris moved to Downsville, WI where they attended Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church. Phil worked at KOA in Menomonie, WI as an RV mechanic. Later, he and Doris traveled for 15 years in several states for her sales job at The Lutheran Digest. In 1996 Phil and Doris moved to Boyceville, WI. They joined Trinity Lutheran Church where Phil was active in the men’s group and instrumental in designing the bell tower.
Phil loved to travel and in 1994 he visited the birthplaces of his four grandparents in Norway. He also toured England and for over 27 years, Phil and Doris spent their winters in Paradise South in Mercedes, Texas. He had friends from all around this country and Canada. In August of 2013 he and his wife wrote and published the popular book, “A Family is Forever,” which is available locally and at www.SharonKnudson.com.
Phil was a wood carver, a fisherman, a hunter and an avid face booker. He could fix anything — for almost nothing. He was a kind and gentle man who loved to help others.
Philip was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Harold, Stanley and Oliver and sister Eileen Shafer. He also lost one granddaughter and a great granddaughter.
He is survived by his wife Doris, daughters, Sharon (Bob) Knudson, JoAnne (John) Schroeder and Ruth (Willi) Herdahl Neumann, his son Douglas (Linda) Herdahl and nephew Steve (Sally Heuer) Culver. He has 14 grandchildren: Jessie (Dom) Nilo, JoEllen Rueter, Jeff (Jennifer) Schroeder, Jeremy Schroeder, Joel Schroeder, Janel Schactner, Jason (Theresa) Jurisch, Veronika Grace, Mitchell (Angie) Jurisch, Justina (Dave) Peper, Andrea (Greg) Friberg and Amanda (Jim) Gagner. He also has 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 17 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville, WI with Reverend Bradley Peterson officiating. Burial will be in the Grace Lutheran Church Cemetery in Connorsville, WI. Friends may call at the Anderson Funeral Home in Glenwood City on Wednesday, July 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.