Phillip Nelson Vos was born on October 1, 1959, in Hardwick, Minnesota to Nelson and Betty (Lewis) Vos. He was the second of four children. Growing up in a small town, his childhood was filled with many memories and close ties to family and friends, especially the memories of his grandparent’s farm and the hard work ethic that came with it. Out of this was born his passion for antique tractors. Phil also enjoyed working with his dad on a milk route in high school. One of his clear passions was working on his car and drag racing, which proved more than adequate as he achieved a National Title in his class. He graduated from the Luverne, Minnesota High School in 1978 and went on to work as a mechanic for a short period of time. Eventually he earned his degree in Non-Destructive X-Ray. While working in Texas, he made life-long friends as he traveled and excelled in his drag racing career. Moving to Omaha, Nebraska he met and married Ann Klein and helped her raise her daughter Katie. After their divorce, he moved to Iowa and worked out of Alaska for six months. During this time of three week off intervals, he started helping his neighbors with their harvest. Phil then purchased his Peterbilt and created Phil Vos Trucking. In 2013 he met Millie Potter and they were married in 2015.
Phil died on January 12, 2022, in Harlan, Iowa at the age of 62 years, three months and 11 days.
Phil was preceded in death by his grandparents; father, Nelson Vos; and sister Susan and her husband Tane Anderson. He is survived by his wife, Millie Vos of Persia; step-daughters, Katie Pirruccello, Sarah Hansen, Debbie and her husband Matt Fleming, Amanda and her husband Eric Kasik and Chelsea and her husband Scott Steager; grandchildren, Brenna, Rilynn, Elijah, Colton, Kaydence, Emmie, Ryker, Teddy, Sienna, Nolan, Boden and Chancee; mother, Betty Vos; brothers, Mike Vos and his wife Janelle and Loren Vos and his wife Shirelle; and many other relatives and friends.
MEMORIAL DONATIONS MAY BE MADE IN PHIL'S MEMORY TO THE CARSTENS 1880 FARMSTEAD, INC.