Anthony “Tony” Joel Phillis
Anthony “Tony” Joel Phillis, 61, of Denver, died Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at his residence in Denver.

Tony was born April 21, 1960, in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of Frank and Wanda (Haars) Phillis. He attended school in Cedar Falls through the 8th grade and then attended Denver Community Schools, graduating in 1978. He worked for John Deere in Waterloo before relocating to Texas. While in Texas, he drove trucks for Miller Brewing Company and worked as a contract mail carrier. He moved back to Denver in 2018 and was currently employed by Kwik Star in Denver.

In his early years in Texas, he enjoyed golfing and going to Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys sporting events. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and LA Rams fan and enjoyed time at Bronco’s Bar in Bedford, Texas.

Tony is survived by his son, Ben Phillis (fiancé, Aimee Page), of Irving, Texas; his mother, Wanda Phillis of Denver; two sisters, Susan (Ron) Wooldrik of Denver and Sandy Cranford of Mustang, Oklahoma; one niece, Jenny Brustkern; and two nephews, Jason Wooldrik and Will Cranford. He is preceded in death by his father, Frankie Phillis.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 22, 2021, at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Denver. Celebration of Life Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 23, 2021, at Saint Paul United Church of Christ in Denver with Pastor Craig Henderson officiating. A private family burial will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Denver. Memorials may be directed to the family and on-line condolences may be left at

Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Denver is in charge of arrangements, 319-984-5379.
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