Phillip T. Winther

Nov 9, 2018
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10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Sycamore St. In La Porte City


Public visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 13 and an hour prior to the services on Wednesday, all at St. Paul United Methodist Church


Private family burial will be in Westview Cemetery
La Porte City.


Memorials may be directed to St. Paul United Methodist Church, La Porte City Fire Rescue, Hawkins Memorial Library or Dollars for Scholars through Union Community Schools.


Phillip T. Winther, age 74, of La Porte City, died Friday, November 9, 2018 at Sunrise Hill Care Center in Traer from complications due to Parkinson’s disease.

He was born September 14, 1944 in Mason City, Iowa, the son of Wilhelm and Nellie Frey Winther. He was raised by his mother and step father, A.W. Christensen.  Phillip graduated from Thornton (IA) High School with the class of 1963.  He then went on to Mason City Junior College to play baseball and attend classes, later transferring to the University of Iowa.  Phillip completed his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Coaching and Master’s degree in Guidance Counseling at the University of Northern Iowa.  He was united in marriage with Elizabeth A. Renner on November 19, 1966 in Clear Lake, Iowa.

Phillip worked as the K-12th grade Guidance Counselor and was a coach at La Porte City Schools, later Union Community Schools for 39 years, retiring in June 2008.  He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in La Porte City where he taught high school Sunday school classes.  Phillip was a volunteer for the La Porte City Fire Department and Ambulance for 30 years; he was a member of the Hawkins Memorial Library Board and helped start the new library and also helped establish the Dollars for Scholars program at Union High School.

Phil’s love of his family, his students and sports’ teams, his dedication to serving his community and his strong faith in Christ, has left a legacy and model for his family, his students, and for all who knew, worked and cared for Phil. 

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth “Liz” Winther; two daughters, Lynne (Randy) Peters and Laurie (Robert) Driscol, all of La Porte City; five grandchildren, Brady, Maggie and Allie Driscol and Emma and Rhett Peters; and a brother, Don (Betty) Winther of Waterloo.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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  1. Diane Heindl | Nov 12, 2018
    It was a great blessing to know Phil.  His faith, his gentle spirit, his hopefulness, his wry humor, his deep love for his family, his pride in his community, his respectful manner, his desire to encouage others——all was an inspiration to me, and gave glory  to Christ.  What is more, when his health was failing, his family served him in such an honoring and beautiful way.  What an impact they made in my life.  Praising God for this family, and praying for your comfort and peace.  May Jesus surround you with his love. (My deep regrets that I can not attend services.)
  2. Martha Statlander | Nov 12, 2018
    My sympathy Elizabeth and family , in your loss . Agreat person , roll model for many to follow . All the great memories to share .
  3. Don & Max Wade | Nov 11, 2018

    We will always remember the fun times with you two when we lived in LPC. He was a wonderful role model & added so much to others. Liz, you and your family will be in our prayers. 

    With derpest sympathy,

    Don & Max Wade

  4. Jackie Dirks | Nov 11, 2018

    Gary and Jackie Dirks

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.  He did so much for the community and schools and kids too.  Always remember him for being a nice guy to everyone.  He was a roll model for so many at his place of work.


  5. Steven Blocker | Nov 11, 2018
     Please accept my condolences. I will miss him.
  6. Mike and Barb HopkeyX | Nov 11, 2018
    So sorry, our thoughts and prayers to all of the families.  What an awesome life he had and  such community service.  Wonderful guy, and will be missed.  Mike and Barb Hopkey

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