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Phillip L. Tomlinson


Phillip L. Tomlinson, age 79 of St. Cloud passed away on Monday, February 17, 2020 at St. Cloud hospital surrounded by family.

Phil was born on August 4, 1940 in Wadena, Minnesota to M.D. (Mack) and Ozella Tomlinson. He was a fighter, being born prematurely at 2 lbs. 13 oz. and spent his first seven weeks in the hospital. Phil is survived by siblings: Dale (Ellie), Nadine Sagen (Gerry), Bonnie Hansen (Doug), Calvin, Glenice Marxen (Greg), Patricia Heide (David), Michael (Michelle) and Dana (Rita); plus many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Our brother was a happy and delightful guy who brought much joy and love into each one of our lives. He found great enjoyment in his various interests and activities such as Twins baseball, politics, music, World War II history, as well as the Soo Line Railroad and his scale model of it. He spent his earlier days working in the family lumber business where he especially enjoyed driving around the Farmall Tractor and lumber wagon.

Phil was preceded in death by his parents, Mack and Ozella; nephew, Geoff Sagen; great nephew, Zachery Ladenburger; and three half brothers: Kenneth, Wesley and Blair Tomlinson. Phil had a strong faith and is excited to be joined with these in Heaven for eternity.

The funeral service was held at the Lake Eunice Evangelical Free Church, Detroit Lakes on Wednesday February 26, 2020.

Phil’s family welcomes memorial donations and will make contributions in his honor to two organizations that champion the precious gift of life that Phil so valued. One is Joni and Friends – Minnesota (they host an annual family retreat at Castaway camp in Detroit Lakes, for families with special needs children) and the other is the Pacer Center (an organization that helps support families with special needs in MN). If you would like to donate online please go to the following: – Select family retreat as the program designation and put in honor of Phil Tomlinson. Funds will provide scholarships for the 2020 family retreat. – Enter Phil Tomlinson as the honoree and funds will support various needs within the MN special needs community. 2-26

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