Philip "Phil" McBride, 80, of Zearing, passed away on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at Mary Greeley Medical Center. To honor Phil's wishes a celebration of life service will be held this summer in his memory, service date and time are pending.
Phil was born in Marshalltown, Iowa to Ermal "Max" and Inez(Adams) McBride. He grew up in Zearing, Iowa where heattended school at Zearing. He survived Polio as a 5th grader and graduated from Zearing High School with the class of 1959. Following school, Phil began driving truck for Reece's Trucking, Langland's Trucking, and Lefty Lepper hauling livestock. He married the love of his life, Sandra Kuhlman on April 19, 1969 at the Christian Church in Zearing, Iowa. They both began working for Dick Sparrow's 40 horse hitch until they began their own tiling business and later owned St. Anthony Market in St. Anthony. Phil then went to work for Barr-Nunn Transportation as an over the road truck driver and retired in 2002. In retirement, Phil worked for Denny Dunn, Kenton Woster, and Harold Walter where he drove combine and did general farm work. Phil was very active in the Zearing community where he served on the Zearing Fire Department for over 20 years and was the Fire Chief several of those years. He was a First Responder for many years and served as a Cemetery Township Trustee since 2001. Phil loved spending time with his family and friends and enjoyed the many trips they had together. He also enjoyed working and building things in his woodshop. His stories and sense of humor will be missed by everyone that knew him.
Those left to cherish his loving memory are his wife Sandy McBride of Zearing; sister Jan McBride of Zearing; sister-in-law Jo Nizzi of Clemons; niece Theresa (Paul) Schnepf; nephew Michael Nizzi; niece Susan Dobbs; great-nephews Colton Schnepf, Coby Schnepf, and Ryan Dobbs; great-niece Maelen
Schnepf and Sarah Dobbs; cousins Bob (Tanis) McBride and Jim McBride; and many close friends.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the family.
Fredregill Funeral & Cremation Care in Zearing has been entrusted with the care of Phil and his family.
Philip was a great guy. He and Sandy were family members that kept in touch with my Mom after Dad died. Helen Moore is my Mom. She passed away in September this year at the age of 99. I always enjoyed Philip’s soft manner and quick wit. My sympathies to you Sandy. I know he is missed by all who knew him! Chris Moore Volz
Phil was one of a kind! Quite the Jokester! Jack and I cherish the frie friendships that developed over the years. The trips we took together, the fun that the 4 of us shared...will remain treasured memories! He had a way of telling a story so so well...that usuay ended up being a big ole fabrication! He got .me with those olot.Jack so enjoyed when they worked together. They had so much in comon. I'm glad they remained friends all these years. We will miss is his humor and witt. Sandy we will be here for you, anytime..we are a phonecall away.. our hearts and prayers are with you..We' love you...Alwsys. Cammie and Jack
Sandy, although I’ve only known you and Phil for a short time, I’m so sorry for your loss. Talking to Phil, I found out that he was friends with my grandparents. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time.
Sandy - Shauna and I were so saddened to hear of Phil’s death. He and Byron shared some fun times in high school, I am told. I think just recently they had a good visit at the farm at St. Anthony. We know exactly what you are going through. Our prayers and hearts are with you.
Sandy Rhodes and Shauna Callaway
So sorry to hear of Phil's passing. Always a friendly smile and a kind word. He will be missed by many.
Best big brother ever.
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