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Philip Kjeseth, 78

Philip J. Kjeseth, age 78 of New Richmond, died on Monday, Aug. 17, 2009 at Westfields Hospital in New Richmond.

Phil was born the son of Arthur and Mildred (Gilbertson) Kjeseth on Aug. 1, 1931 in Amery, Wis. He graduated from Amery High School with the class of 1950.

After high school, he started farming. On Dec. 8, 1951, Phil was married to Reta Krumm at First Lutheran Church in New Richmond.

In February of 1953 he joined the Army and served at Camp Carson, Colo. and Fort Knox, Ky. After returning from the service, Phil went to work for Andersen Windows in the carpenter shop. He worked there a number of years, then worked at different jobs before starting his own construction business, which he ran until the time of his death.

Phil was an active member of the American Legion Post #80. He took time every two years to gather with other members of the 5th Army 11th Calvary for a reunion.

He had a great sense of humor, and loved to pull pranks on everyone. Phil was a dyed-in-the-wool Norwegian who loved antique tractor pulling with his Allis Chalmers, westerns and the Packers. One of his favorite trips was taking the family to Green Bay.

He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Mildred Kjeseth; brothers Ken Kjeseth and Willard Kjeseth; sister Marion Lee; brothers-in-law Orvin (Obby) Berget, Neal Krumm, Darrell Granger and Forrest Lee; sisters-in-law Arlie Kjeseth and Marge Kjeseth; and great-grandchildren Haley Page and Elijah Page.

Phil is survived by his wife Reta Kjeseth; children Debbi (Doug Brathall) Kelly, Dennis Kjeseth and Denise (Brad) Baker; grandchildren Christopher (Stephanie) Page, Michael (Rebecca) Page, Dylan Kelly, Jamie Kelly, Tristan Kjeseth, Caryn Baker and Brandy Stewart; great-grandchildren Asher Page, Quinnleigh Page, Madysen Page and Sierra Davidson; brothers Calvin Kjeseth, Arthur (Bev) Kjeseth Jr. and Ralph (Carol) Kjeseth; sisters-in-law Myrna Brown, Marge Berget, Jean Krumm, Marlene Granger, Sharon (Frank) Reckin, Beverly Krumm and Gail (Steve) Krey; brothers-in-law Doug (Dory) Krumm and Virgil (Esther) Krumm; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

A funeral service was held on Monday, Aug. 24, at 1 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church in New Richmond. Visitation was held on Sunday, Aug. 23, from 3-7 p.m., also at the First Lutheran Church, and on Monday from noon-1 p.m. at the church. Interment was in the New Richmond Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial are preferred and may be directed to: The American Cancer Society, American Legion Post #80 or First Lutheran Church Hunger Fund.

Arrangements were with Beebe Mortuary of New Richmond.