Fury Jr., Phillip Joseph “Phil”
February 20, 1948 – May 1, 2015
Phil died peacefully with grace and honor at age 67 in his home on May 1st, 2015 surrounded by loving family members. Phil was preceded in death by his father, Phillip J. Fury and his brother, Kevin E. Fury. Survived by his mother, Marcella Fury; his beloved Verlaine Hutchins; stepsons, Ed Hutchins and Tyrone Hutchins; sisters, Janet Feemster (sons, John and Matthew), Patricia Winter (son, Ray), Sharon Fuerstenberg (Wm. and children, Maria Braun, Jenny Towne, Joseph and Carrie), Linda Winter (Gene and children, Gretchen Scott, Allison and Mitchell), and Jolene Fordahl (Greg and children Anna Chapek and Justin). Also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other close supportive extended family. Phil was born February 1948 in Nobles County, MN. He attended school in Heron Lake, MN and graduated from Fulda High School. He attended U of MN Mankato and graduated from Laurentienne College in Sudbury, Ontario with a history major degree. Phil was an exceptional natural athlete who played baseball, football and basketball. He continued with basketball league play after college and coached Park & Recreation teams. He translated his coaching and teaching skills to mentor and inspire young players. Phil was honorably discharged from the US Navy. A meaningful period of his life was the time he spent teaching and coaching at Turtle Mountain Reservation in North Dakota. He gained and maintained a great respect for the native people (Ojibway) and their culture. Phil was an avid reader who enjoyed sharing his knowledge of history, especially WWII, politics and social injustice issues. He had a great passion for gardening and photography and Minnesota sports teams (MN Twins, U of M Gopher Basketball, Timberwolves and Vikings). Phil was a rebel, a free spirit with a gift of Irish charisma. He was fiercely competitive and like his Celtic warrior ancestors, he was determined to live each day fully during his illness these past 8 1/2 years. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. An enormous thank you to the staff at HCMC for the exceptional care Phil received. Their love and support carried him through his lengthy illness. “They made me feel like a special person.” Thanks to Dr. Zera, Dr. Rausch, Dr. Ramen, Belle Matheson N.P., Comprehensive Cancer Clinic, and Endoscopy Procedure Clinic. Also thank you to the Hospice of the Twin Cities staff for their support and guidance. Special thanks to Terri Holmberg and other coworkers of Verlaine, friend Bruce Hellier, neighbors in Prospect Park, and others who contributed. A celebration of Phil’s life will be held at Fury Island County Park, Nobles County, MN in May. May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm on your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand. – An Irish blessing.