Philip George Eklund

February 13, 1944 ~ November 9, 2017 (age 73)
Philip George Eklund of Portsmouth, RI, born February 13, 1944 at Aitkin Community
Hospital, Aitkin, MN passed peacefully in his home on November 9, 2017, surrounded by
family and friends.
He is predeceased by his parents Elmer(d) and Marguerite (Anderson) (d) Eklund of Isle,
Phillip was one of 10 children; Roy(d) and Betes (Eklund) Paulson, Lavonne and Ralph(d)
Cooper, Marlyn and Shirley Eklund, Norman(d) and Helen Eklund, Larry(d) and Ruthie
Eklund, Jerry and Faye(d) Eklund, Corrine and Bob(d) Maxwell, Elaine and Dennis
McPheeters, Jeanie and Phillip Brooks, all of which still reside in Minnesota.
He also leaves behind 5 children: Nicole (Eklund) Davis and Matt Davis, Tami (Eklund)
Chestnut and Adam Chestnut, Kim (Eklund) Lewis and Brian Lewis, Colin McKeon, and Kate
(McKeon) Acosta; and 14 grandchildren: Kai Phoenix, Brooke McKeon, Sydney Davis, Daniel Acosta,
Emma Chestnut, Whitney McKeon, Olivia Davis, Owen Chestnut, Ty Babcock, Kirby Davis,
Abaigael and Isabella McKeon, and Boden and Lucas Lewis. In addition, Phil leaves behind
many nieces, nephews, cousins, countless friends and acquaintances, and his close friend
and confidant Denise Jette.
Philip Grew up on the family dairy farm in Malmo, MN and attended grades 1-4 at Lakeside
School, a 1 room school house. He graduated from Isle Highschool in 1962 where he was
captain of both the basketball and football teams (honorable mention for all-state in both);
best actor within school plays and won national honorable mention for annual sports
section design.
Following graduation Philip enlisted in the US Navy; he served 5 years onboard the USS
Proteus, with time in Holy Lock, Scotland, Rota, Spain, and Guam. He recently received
recognition for his status a Vietnam war vet. Phil's Naval career brought him to Aquidneck
Island where he easily found work at various government contracting companies; he
retired as small business owner, and private contractor to the federal government, less
than a year prior to his passing.
A 40 year member of Wanumetonomy Golf & Country Club, and avid golfer, Phil traveled
throughout the US for work and pleasure. During his travels he never missed an
opportunity to play a round of his favorite sport at the nearest club; especially locals
featuring world renowned courses.
Philip also enjoyed nature hikes, gardening, puzzles, and was a lifelong Minnesota Vikings
and Twins fan; but anyone that truly knew him knows his favorite pastime was making
people laugh. He was a kind, and generous man, with a sense of humor that was
incomparable, and a laugh that was contagious. His children reminisce often about running
into casual acquaintances who would go out of their way to tell them what a great guy he is.
Honest and loyal, Philip was a true example of how 'they just don't make them like they
used to'. If you were endeared to him, you knew you had a force to be reckoned with in
your corner. His family and friends will miss seeing him twisting on his signature toothpick
as he entertained with one of his many hysterical stories or jokes. Most of all they will miss
the twinkle in his eye, his bold infectious laugh, and the unwavering support and love that
he gave generously and unconditionally.
Calling hours will be held Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Connors
Funeral Home, 55 West Main Rd, Route 114, Portsmouth, RI and Friday evening, November
17, 2017 at Mille Lacs Lake Funeral Home, 460 Main Street, Isle, MN. A burial will be held
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Lakeside Cemetery, 40th Avenue, Isle, MN.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans

Cemetery Details

Lakeside Cemetery

Isle, MN,


NOV 14. 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Connors Funeral Home

55 West Main Road

Portsmouth, RI, US, 02871

© 2018 Memorial Funeral Homes. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS