|January 4, 2013
Clint Eastwood's advice in "Dirty Harry" that
opinions, like certain body parts, are best kept to
Obituary: A final whimper or last hurrah?
the article "Was that you in the obits today?" at
the writer encourages readers to write their own obituary,
and be remembered the way they lived their life.
morning I was checking the obits in my local newspaper
online, and read about the passing of John Philip Errebo. I
was attracted by the photo, one of Mr. Errebo in his WWII
fighter trainer from 1945. Often I see a formal portrait,
occasionally a 60 year old high school grad photo, and
sometimes even a photo of a fellow with a beer and a
cigarette, and maybe even holding up a fish. Of course, if
that is how his friends and family remembered him, it may
have been the best picture to use.
Errebo probably did not write his own obituary, but whoever
it was, perhaps a caring family member, did an excellent
job. Missing were the trite and customary "gone to be
with his Lord and Savior", and similar, often with
little or no mention of what was important to the deceased.
Some might think Mr. Errebohe is shown as too human, he was
married and divorced twice, and he liked to play cards for
money, so what? Here was an obituary celebrating life at
Union-Eagle on January 3, 2013 at 12:21 pm
John Philip Errebo, 87, died Sunday,
December 23, 2012, at Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las
Vegas, Nev.. The only son of the late John and Myrtle
Anderson Errebo, he was born September 17, 1925, in
Denmark, Kan., in the native limestone house his
grandfather built in 1902. At age six, Phil drove a
horse-drawn seed tamper behind the corn planter. With
his three sisters, he rode Salty, the big white horse,
to school. He played football for the Lincoln High
World War II ended just as he
finished fighter pilot training in the Army Air Corps.
At Kansas State College, he studied engineering and
belonged to Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. While at
K-State, he met and married Christina Haun in 1947, and
they moved to Denmark, Kan. where Phil farmed with his
father for nine years. In later years, Phil and Chrissy
bought a farm near Center, Neb., and a ranch near
Princeton. They raised a daughter and four sons. In
1974, they separated, and later divorced.
his farming days behind him, Phil got into the oil and
gas business. In Williston, N.D., he met and married
Deborah Borrud. They moved to Kentucky and started a
business, Erco. Their daughter, Jane, was born in 1988.
They divorced in 1991.
Phil traveled the world
for business and fun. From 1991 to 2001, he lived and
worked in Colombia, South America. He flew his own plane
and was always interested in aviation. In the last three
years of his life, he lived in Las Vegas and played
poker at the
Casino every night.
Preceding him in
death were: sisters Mary Helen Bateman, Bee Welling, and
Marjorie Stone; son, Henry; and infant daughter, Ann
He is survived by: sons Jay
(Fabiola), Peter, and Mark; daughters Nancy and Jane;
granddaughters Ann Errebo (Jake Nyberg), Jo Ellen Errebo
(Jeremy Arnold), and Cally Errebo; grandson Edward
Errebo; and great grandchildren Kyle and Rylee
Skachenko, Trent and Aaron Nyberg, Austin and Brayden
Kammerer, and Logan and Tyler Arnold.
and burial with military honors were held January 3 at
the Denmark Lutheran Church in Denmark, Kan.
Air Aviation Referral Service
intelligent responses, and will be glad to post them here.
Email your remarks to
Hi Ron, I just discovered your
response to my fathers obituary. Thank you so much. I
wrote that obituary with the help of my brothers and nieces.
My dad was quite the guy, and I wanted to make him come
alive for the people who read the obituary. Thank you so
much for recognizing my effort.