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Phillip Preston

Phillip Ward Preston, aged 78, of North Liberty, died Monday, June 15, 2015 after a short illness. Visitation will be held at Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona on Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 4-7 pm. Funeral services will be held at Peterseim Funeral Home on Friday, June 19 at 10:30 am with burial to follow at Sharon Hill Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to join in fellowship at the Kalona Family Restaurant following the burial.

Phil was born in Kalona, Iowa on October 1, 1936 to James Claude and Eldora Louise (Miller) Preston. He graduated from Kalona High School in 1956. At age 14 he drove truck for his Dad at Preston Stockyards. He also worked for Kalona Creamery driving truck on a milk route. In the late 60’s he was employed by Advanced Drainage Systems where he worked for over 40 years. He enjoyed a good ball game, a good meal, playing cards, drinking coffee and the fellowship that went with it.

Survivors include his wife, Sondra Sue (Suzie) Preston, sister Karla Wuerzburger and her husband Tom, daughter Laura Rios and her husband Frank, son Greg Preston and his fiancé Laurie Ann Taylor, “son” Brian Bender and his wife Tonya, 10 grandchildren, and 9 step grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Marjean Sleper, daughter Brenda Mings and granddaughter Jennifer Mings.

Please share a memory of Phil at Peterseimfuneralhome.com under obituaries. Memorials and donations may be sent to The Kalona Historical Society c/o Peterseim Funeral Home.

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Phil and I have known each other since we met at ADS in 1971.We would meet at various plants, and talk about our families.We also would exchange stories about work and jokes.You have our prayers.Phil will be greatly missed.

Phil Curl Jun 24 2015 12:00 AM

To Karla Preston Wuerzberger and family, Although Phillip was 6 years older than me, I first met Phillip when he drove truck for Preston Stockyards.I remember going with my Dad (Willard Boller) to Preston Stockyards where our cattle were taken.Although I left the Kalona area in 1971, I was a frequent visitor until my mother passed away in 2001.Somewhere in our Kalona past I also met you Karla - perhaps your memory is better than mine!! and reconnected in California.I will try to reach you at the Texas and SoCal phone #'s I have for you.Again my sincere condolences.

Gary D Boller Jun 21 2015 12:00 AM

Laura, No words can express my heartfelt saddness for all you have lost this past couple of years. May all your wonderful memories lift you up in this extreme time of sorrow and remember you are never alone.. I am always here for you. My wish for you is peace in your heart and soul.Tons of tight Hugs!!!

Margaret Sedlacek Jun 19 2015 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of cousin Phil's passing. I have many good memories of my older cousin.

Jim Bare Jun 18 2015 12:00 AM

Laura, Frank, and Brianna, So sorry to hear of your father/grandfather's passing. I will keep your family in my prayers. Jane Harbit

Jane Harbit Jun 18 2015 12:00 AM

I met phil in 2002 when I worked at the comfort innin mendota he was staying over nite with ads who employed him and he told me if my husband need a good place to work ads was it and that my husband could use him as a reference so he got my husband on and we have been friends since he is a wonderfull manwas very happy in is ways funny always joking around he will be greatly missed my us

theresa and jerry rowlett Jun 18 2015 12:00 AM

THE COLOR OF MEMORIESTABLE ARRANGEMENT was sent by Diane Hensley.Phil blessed our mom and our lives too- Suzie's Family / The Families Of: Jerry, Scott, Diane and Tom

Diane Hensley Jun 17 2015 12:00 AM

Sorry for the loss of a long time friend of 70 years.

Ralph and Janet Speas Jun 17 2015 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of Philip's passing. Always enjoyed the days at breakfast at Hy Vee. He could tell a great story, joke with the best of us. He will be missed by many. You will all be in our prayers in the days to come. Keep all the good memories in your hearts forever. God Bless

Dan and Donna Hayslett Jun 16 2015 12:00 AM