Phillip D. Letz
Phillip D. Letz, 87, longtime Iowa City resident, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Services celebrating Phillip's life will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service, where visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial with military honors will take place later at the Winterset Cemetery in Winterset, Iowa.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in his memory to the Wounded Warriors Project. To share a thought, memory or condolence with his family please visit the funeral home website at www.gayandciha.com.
Phillip Duane Letz was born Jan. 4, 1933, in Patterson, Iowa, the son of Donald and Mildred (White) Letz. Following graduation from high school, he went to work for Northwestern Bell Telephone. At age 19, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean conflict. Before leaving for Korea, he married Marvyl M. Black in Adel, Iowa, on Jan. 5, 1953. In 1965, Phillip and his family moved to Iowa City where he continued his career with the former Northwestern Bell Telephone that spanned more than 30 years before his retirement. Phil was the jack of all trades, pretty good at most, but willing and able to tackle all! He for many years had a business out of his home called "Let's Fix It," a small-engine repair service.
Phil loved going to work; he enjoyed his coworkers, customers, friends, and even strangers who became friends. The recliner always was a good place to end up for a nap, Hy-Vee was the place to meet his buddies for breakfast, he was known to have hit a few jackpots at the casino, and his favorite places to relax were at a friend's tree farm or with a fishing pole in his hands. He liked his simple life, and dearly loved those around him!
His family includes his two children, Martin "Marty" Letz and Carisa Letz and her sweetheart, Dale McCreedy; his granddaughter and her husband, Tara Jo and Mike Turechek; a sister, Margaret Caskey; and his brother, Larry Letz.
Phillip was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marvyl, in 1999; twin sisters, Frances and Francine; and a brother, Dwight.