Phillip Emil Bral, 66, of Marengo, passed away Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Funeral services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Marengo, with Father David Wilkening officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to the 4-H Fairview Zippers.
Phillip is survived by his three children, Tige (April) Bral of Victor, Michael (Faith) Owens of East Prairie, Mo., and Merrideth (Jason) Carden of Marengo; two brothers, Bary (Tammy) Bral of Marengo and Randy (Denise) Bral of Homestead; 10 grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law, Shari Bral of Ottumwa.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Slade; a grandson, Jesse; and a brother, Roy.
Phillip Emil Bral was born Jan. 22, 1951, in Marengo, the son of Emil Bral and Darlene Walters Bral. He graduated from Marengo High School, where he was an all-state wrestler and homecoming king. He received an associate's degree from Kirkwood Community College. Phillip married Michelle Kramer in 1973 and was blessed with two children. He later married Freda Ditto on Sept. 19, 2009, on the family farm.
Phillip worked at Amana Refrigeration for 25 years. He was very passionate about farming the family farm. where he raised horses and cattle. He owned an International Farmall M tractor. Phillip was a confident and self-reliant person. If he could make something himself, he would. He was a member of the NRA and also the 4-H Fairview Zipper Club and loved to joke around with people.
Online condolences may be left at www.klosterfuneralhome.com.