Phillip E. Rothwell

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Tuesday, December 26, 1933
Date of Death:
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
79 years old


Date: Monday February 04, 2013
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Bethel Lutheran Church [ view map ]

Memorial Service

Date: Monday February 04, 2013
Time: 11:00 am

Location: Bethel Lutheran Church [ view map ]


Location: Grandview Memorial Gardens [ view map ]

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Tuesday, December 26, 1933
Date of Death:
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
79 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Tuesday, December 26, 1933
Date of Death:
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
79 years old

Phillip E. Rothwell

Phillip E. Rothwell of Rochester passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at Golden Living East Nursing Home after a brief battle with cancer.

Phillip was born in Minneapolis, MN on December 26th 1933 and was raised near Alma, WI.  He married Ila Treder on Febraury 19th 1955.  After moving to Rochester, Phillip worked for Kruse Lumber for many years.  Later, he and Fay Yennie partnered for many years to build many beautiful homes throughout Rochester.  At different times throughout his career as a home builder his three sons were privileged to work with him and Fay.

Phillip retired in 1995 from home building yet continued to be active using his woodworking skills to create many crafts and other assorted wood products for friends and family.  In his free time, he enjoyed watching high school sports many times going to games at tournament time even when he did not know any of the players from either team.  He also enjoyed listening to or watching Minnesota Twins games throughout the summer with Ila.  In the fall, Phillip had a passion for pheasant hunting with friends and family and experienced many wonderful excursions.  His hunting passion was passed along to his sons and now to his grandchildren.  Throughout the past several years Phillip always enjoyed going to coffee in the morning to visit with the many friends that gathered each morning to do so.

Phillip is survived by his wife Ila, sons, Bruce (Judy), Rochester, Brian (Sheila), Hayfield, Bryce (Nancy), Eau Claire WI and three grandchildren, Bryanna and Brayden, Eau Claire WI, and Lydia, Springfield, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Margaret and his brother Gene.

A Memorial service will be held Monday, February 4th at 11:00AM at Bethel Lutheran Church with the Rev. Norman Wahl officiating.  Visitation will begin at 10:00AM prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations can be made to Paws and Claws.  Macken Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences are welcome at


The family of Phillip E. Rothwell has received the following condolences.

Dear Aunt Ila, Bruce, Brian & Bryce,

Our thoughts & prayers go out to you. I'll never forget the summer a couple years ago visiting with my son. We had a wonderful time talking & learning about our family's history. Thank-you Ila for the hospitality.


I just learned of my Uncle Phillip's passing today.  My father and I had the privilege of visiting with him and Ila two summers ago (we're from Washington State) and had a fabulous time conversing about old Rothwell and Hoch stories.  I'm so glad to have met my Uncle.  He's now home, with all those who have gone before him and where we'll end up someday too to meet him again.  Blessings to Ila and the family!

Phil was one great guy, as I WAS part of the coffee group when I LIVED in Minnesota and he was such a great supporter of mine when I FIRST RETIRED as I was lost so to speak right after I RETIRED. He was truly a great supporter of his family and talked so much about thier interest in sports, God will truly have the best carpenter in Heaven to build places for the rest of us. May Phil have peace with his final home. Love all of you.  Dave, from Florida 

Dear Ila, Bryce and Family.

Our prayers go out to you and your families today as you celebrate Phills life today and in the future.  When I hear his name I can't help but smile and think of all the great times at the Rothwell home.

God Bless


Jeff and DeeDee Moffit

To the family of Phil Rothwell,

I'm so sorry for you loss.  Phil was a positive influence in my life and always great entertainment.  He had great patience, at least with me, and as an example was willing to spend the time to not only show me how to play card games I had never played before but also how to lose and take all his grief because I lost to him (rarely).  I loved it when he would tell you that you had "no belly" when it came to taking chances (in cards and in life). 

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Griebs, Tammy, Zada, & Tatum.


We are so sorry to hear Phil has passed away, but we know he is in a better place.  Had hoped to stop by on our way back to Minnesota from Texas in May to see you both.  Know that you and your precious family are all in in hearts and prayers.  We love you, dear friend. 

Love and Hugs

Bob and Barb

Our hearts go out to your  family,  prayers sent!

God Bless,

Kroeger Family

My sincere sympathy is with you.  Thinking of you.  God bless you.  Janis

 Hello Illa so sorry to hear about Phil. We always enjoyed playing eucher with both of you. We are currently away for the winter. Maybe we can get together some time for coffee.  We are thinking about you.   Perv and Carol Floen

Rothwell Family,  Our condolences with your loss.  We always had fun bantering with Phil, and solving the problems with Rochester H.S. Athletics.  Lots of fond memories.  Our thoughts and preayer are with your family. 

God Bless

Dear Ila and the family,

We have some wonderful memories of the times our families were together, eating, playing cards, and Phil and Louie telling stories that weren't true.  But then, we knew that.  They loved to go hunting - would have gone fishing if they had had more time.  I know how much you miss him.  The hurt doesn't go away, but time mends a lot of pain.  Love and prayers go with you,  Jane

I am so thankful that Phil and Ila were such a special part of my parents' lives when they lived in Rochester.  Friends at church, playing hundreds of hours of cards together, Phil and Lou having coffee and hunting pheasants together, and being such terrific neighbors.  Phil's legacy will live on in the memories of those who knew and loved him.  

Ila and family,

We have so many great memories of Phil. 

I will always cherish the fun times and friendship shared with your family while growing up.

Greg has many fond memories of pheasant hunting and having breakfast with Dad and Phil.

Our perennial garden is sprinkled with beautiful birdhouses crafted by Phil.  They will always be treasured reminders of his creativity and generous spirit.

We will miss him.

May God bless you all and hold you close,

Michelle and Greg Fratzke

Dear Ila and family, 

We have not seen or visited for many years and you may not remember us.  Ila, you babysat for our children, Gretta and Guy, about 45 years ago or so.  We are now in Arizona but keep in touch via the Post Bulletin where we read about Phil's death.  Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss.


Gordy and Ginny Gosselin

Dear Ila and family -- I am Al Walz's sister, Dolores, and I live in Austin, MN. I am sending my heartfelt sympathy to you, Ila, and your family, for the loss of your dear husband, and your sons' loving father!  And even though I was lucky enough to get to meet you and Phil a few times, I have not gotten to know you well, personally. However, I feel like I do because of the many many wonderful things I have always heard about "Phil and Ila" from Al and Yvonne! You all were such valued friends to them for so many years, so right now I am feeling very sad for them too, as they will miss Phil so much! And in the past few years I have heard about the times you and Phil got together with them for breakfast on a pretty regular basis. Those times will be treasured memories, along with all the other life things your families shared. And I'm sure you already must know how lucky you are to have them so close to you now, as of course, I know them well enough to know they will be there for you, whenever you need their friendship! 

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, and may God bless you all and keep you strong through this difficult time in your lives!

Dolores Overby  

February 1, 2013

Dear Ila, Bruce, Brian, Bryce & families,

We send our most sincere sympathies this morning.  We are so very sorry for the loss of your
Husband, & Father, and our Friend. It is a struggle to know what to say.

Many years ago I was in Havant,
England and was looking
for a place to go to Mass on Sunday morning. Right next to the church (Built
1049 AD) was a very old Cemetery. I saw this quote on one of the gravestones.
It touched my heart in it's truth, & seems appropriate to share it with you.

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory
no one can steal."

Let your memories sustain you at this difficult time.

In 1966 Phil built a new house for us in Meadow
Park. During that time, we got to
know  Phil, & one year later, Phil,
Ila & family moved into a new house right across the street from us.

During the next 47 years our friendship grew, we raised our
families, watched many high school games, ate many lobsters at Michael's,
poured concrete, painted cars, played cards and, walked 1000s of miles, &
wore out 5 dogs hunting pheasants. This covers just a few of the things our two
families shared.

Ila, Bruce, Brian, Bryce & families, while we are sorry
for you, we are sorry for us too.  Phil's
passing leaves a huge hole in our life also.

We will stay close, so together, we can share the many
memories we all have.

Much love from Al, Yvonne & family

Brian and Sheila,

So hard to lose a parent. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Take care.