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Philip "Phil" Edward Maus – Obituary

Name: Philip "Phil" Edward Maus

Age: 77

Born: 11-17-1943

Died: 02-10-2021

*Private* St. Joseph's Catholic Church, St. Joseph, Minnesota

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A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph, MN for Philip “Phil” Edward Maus, 77, of St. Cloud, who passed away Wednesday, February 10 in his home, surrounded by his wife and children.  Reverend Jerome Tupa, OSB will officiate.  His final resting place will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, MN with full military honors. 

Phil was born and grew up on his family farm in Watkins, MN.  He attended St. Anthony Catholic School and graduated from St. Boniface in Cold Spring in 1961.  After high school, he joined the U.S. Army where he was stationed at Red Stone Arsenal in Alabama, Thule Air Base in Greenland and Ft. Hancock in New Jersey.  In 1969, he married Sandra (Klug) in Albany, MN.  In 1971, they moved to the Maus family farm where they raised their five children in Watkins, MN.  After retiring from farming in the 80s, he pursued his career of truck driving.  Phil truly loved being on the road.  He was proud to have achieved his goal in 2018 of having driven in all 50 states.  In 1996, they moved to St. Joseph, MN where he eventually transitioned into “retirement,” while still maintaining a variety of part-time jobs including student driver and load securement training, vehicle transport, and plowing snow for MNDOT, to name a few.  He maintained his CDL his entire adult life and drove up until a month before his death.  In March of 2019, they moved to St. Cloud.  In August of 2019, Phil and Sandy celebrated 50 years of marriage, when all of their children and grandchildren witnessed them renewing the vows that they honored throughout their entire marriage.  

Phil was an active member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins where he served on Parish Council, was an active member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, served as a Trustee, and volunteered his time in countless ways including mass lector and bingo caller.  Later they joined St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Joseph, MN where he continued his active involvement by greeting, serving mass, ushering, washing dishes, and more.

Over the years, Phil enjoyed spending time traveling, playing cards with a network of friends, and spending time with his entire family.  He provided many lessons to his kids and grandkids, including how to play Euchre, the best route to anywhere in the US, how to maintain a well groomed yard, that there’s always room for ice cream, and that family and faith are most important.  His family remembers him for his nonstop sense of humor and his big heart.

He is survived by his wife Sandra, his children Wendy (Roger) Hansen of Sumner, WA, Krista (Brian) Furan of Hopkins, MN, Rebecca (Christopher) Nelson of Lakeville, MN, Gregory Maus of Minneapolis, MN and Ryan Maus of Salt Lake City, UT, and five grandchildren Benjamin, Nathan, Aydrien, Isabella and Eleanor.  He is also survived by his brother Richard, his sisters Ruth Rothschilds, Helen Grutkoski and Louise Maus.  Phil is preceded in death by two infant children, Randy and Jennifer, and his parents Benno and Lorrayne. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a charity of your choice

Guestbook for Philip "Phil" Edward Maus

Doreen Salzer Kern
, 1961 St. Boniface ClassMate
March 1, 2021, 8:03 pm
Remember Phil from HighSchool and his wonderful smile. Please except my sympathy! !
Richard C Rademacher
, Sandys favorite uncle
February 23, 2021, 3:36 pm
All my love to you Sandy.
Lia Nistler
, Co-Worker, MnDOT
February 16, 2021, 5:41 pm
I am saddened to see that Phil has passed away. Phil was my CDL instructor for a MnDOT program - 8 years ago- and I successfully passed and gained employment at MnDOT - St. Cloud. I enjoyed greeting and visiting with Phil when he showed up to help plow every now and then. He was my "instructor" and I was able to help him in return. I will miss Phil. My sympathies to his family.
Joan Geislinger Nistler
, First cousin
February 16, 2021, 3:50 am
So sorry to hear about Phils passing. My deepest sympathy to Sandy and family. God bless
Teddie Swanson
, Beckys Neighbor
February 16, 2021, 1:45 am
Ted and I grieve with your family with the loss of dad to all you children and husband to your great mom. We saw him from time to time interact with the grandkids and he was so in love with them all. We will miss seeing him in the driveway helping with projects around Becky's house and especially those special garbage can coverups. They are special to look at. Please know that our prayers are with u all. Hang onto those memories as they surface more than u think. God bless u all.
Bernice n Alvin meierhofer
, Friend n neighbor
February 15, 2021, 6:55 pm
So. Sorry for Your Loss Phil was a classmate of mine in St Boniface n then when they moved to the farm we played cards ,snowmobiled n partied together Sandy n Phil were friends forever still Love Them Phil always had the greatest Smile. You Will Be Missed
Monica Lenhardt
February 15, 2021, 12:34 am
So sorry Sandy and Wendy for your loss. Take care.
Linnea Geislinger Steman
, 1st cousin
February 14, 2021, 6:45 pm
My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Sandy Schroeck
, Old neighbor ans babysitter
February 14, 2021, 5:29 pm
Im so sorry for your loss, Ill always remember Phils big smile and love for life. Sending my love and fond memories of your family. My deepest sympathy for your loss.
Ralph and Pat Nelson
, Friends
February 14, 2021, 5:08 pm
We are so sorry to hear about Phils passing. We will always remember his easy smile and sincere love family. our prayers are with you. May you find comfort knowing he is in Gods loving arms. We are honored to have known him. Our hearts goes out to his family.You are in our prayers.
Dennis & Carole Bettendorf
, Neighbors
February 13, 2021, 11:30 pm
We only knew Phil and Sandy for a short time. I like them as soon as we met them. Phil was very proud of his ability to start his lawn mower on the first pull in the spring. He had quite a sense of humor which we shared many times. He will be missed but knowing his suffering is over and he will be smiling down on us. R.I.P. my friend!
Jessica Fudali
, Friend
February 13, 2021, 1:38 am
Dear Maus family, Praying for peace, comfort, and God's grace during this most difficult time as it may give you strength, support, and surround you with love. Blessings to you all.
Bob Geislinger
, Friend
February 13, 2021, 1:05 am
Sandy, Wendy, Krista, Becky, Greg and Ryan Diane and I are so sorry for you're lose, all of you have our deepest sympathy. Phil was a very good man and all of you are a testament to that. Know that all of you are in our thoughts and and prayers, please take care during this trying time.
Robbie Holen
, Friend
February 12, 2021, 5:18 pm
Dear Maus family, You have our deepest sympathies as you grieve the loss of your husband and dad. We have been thinking of you all through this journey, and while we know Phil is at peace, I know his absence will leave a void that cannot be filled. Ed commented that his main memory of Phil was that he was a MASTER of his driveway, and could get Ed's old beater car out of the driveway on his first try! Keeping you all close in thoughts and prayers

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