Phil was born Feb. 15, 1948 at the Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis to parents Edwin and Louise Rolf. He grew up on the family farm, the second of five siblings, and attended the Henriette School until the eighth grade. He then attended Pine City High School and graduated in 1966. After high school, he started working at Northrup King, where he was a seed packer. He met Debbie Kleven and they married on June 10, 1972. To this union two children were born, David and Jeremy. Phil and Debbie built a home in Cambridge where they raised their boys. Phil worked as a painter at the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Minneapolis.
Phil was an active member of many churches and most recently an Elder at St. Paul Lutheran in Ogilvie. He was a very positive Christian man. His hobbies included woodworking, gardening, and the outdoors. The family spent many happy weekends camping and vacationing. Phil looked forward to dinners with his mother and Sunday suppers with David and Dawn. He enjoyed spending time with his son Jeremy and granddaughter Rebecca. Rebecca was very important to “Grandpa.” After his wife Deb passed away last summer, he continued to appreciate meals at her parents’ home in Isanti.
Phil put God first in his life, but he also loved his wife, his children and grandchild, and enjoyed all the family gatherings and holidays. He was always ready and willing to help family and friends. Phil was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Philip was preceded in death by his father, Edwin, and his wife, Deborah.
He is survived by his mother, Louise of Braham; sons, David (Dawn) of Zimmerman and Jeremy of Minneapolis; granddaughter Rebecca of Minneapolis; brothers, Tim (Karen) of New Mexico, Tom of Pine City, and Dan of Minneapolis; sister, Rebecca (Bryan) Tauchen of Alabama; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ogilvie with Rev. Marc Freiberg officiating. Visitation will be held Monday, April 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham, and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Music will be provided by Donna Angermeier. Casket Bearers are Mike Kleven, Gary Kleven, Bob Kleven, Jamie Kleven, Jon Kleven and Tom Kleven. Honorary Casket Bearers are Bradley Tauchen, Aaron Tauchen, Michael Tauchen, Jessica (Rolf) Koski and Matthew Rolf. Interment is in Grasston Union Cemetery. Arrangements were by Rock-Ingebrand Funeral and Cremation Services of Braham.