In Memory of

Nathan Aaron Phipps

November 24, 1929 - October 27, 2014
Nathan A. Phipps II, DVM was born to Nelson and Susan (Jones) Phipps on a farm on the northeast side of Cherokee. This farm has been in the Phipps family since 1856. He graduated from Wilson High School in 1948, and then served in the army infantry from 1948-1949. Nate then attended undergraduate and Veterinary Medical School at Iowa State, graduating in 1956. He returned to Cherokee and joined Dr. A. W. Krause in a local large animal veterinary practice. This partnership eventually became Phipps, Sonka, and Hiller. Nathan was united in marriage to his lifetime friend Virginia E. Wise in 1953. To this union six children were born: Anne Phipps of Sioux City, IA; Nathan A. Phipps III (Miriam) of Dakota Dunes, SD; Pat Phipps (Theresa) of Moville, IA; Jean Paterson (Buzz) of Storm Lake, IA; Chuck Phipps (Jeanne) of Charlotte, NC; and Ginny Bright (Kenny) of Cherokee, IA. In addition, Big Nate is survived by twelve grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Upon his retirement from veterinary practice, he joined the family's Nomad Travel Agency business. He was also actively involved in farm management. Nathan served on the Cherokee City Council as well as the Work Activity Board. He served on the board and became president of the Cherokee Country Club. Nathan was an active member of the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association and the Interstate Veterinary Group. Nathan's interest included golf, travel, flying, hunting, fishing, scuba diving and attending high school and college sports events. In addition to being a very busy veterinary and raising his children, he and his surviving wife traveled the world. Nathan was preceded in death by his parents, sister Arlene, and great-grandson Noah.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, October 31, 2014, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Dan Guenther
Jay Phipps Nathan Phipps Michael Phipps Ryne Paterson Seth Mahnke Daniel Phipps
Visitation will begin at 4 P.M. Thursday, with the family present from 5-7 P.M. Thursday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. There will be a 7 P.M. prayer service Thursday night at the funeral home.
Organist- Charlotte Groves Vocalists- I.C. Funeral Choir
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Cherokee, Iowa


Monday, November 17, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“I just saw this. Many Memories of Big Nate.......all good!!!! Thoughts and prayers to the family!! Miss you all!”
- Craig Schwier
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with the Phipps family. Nate was such a great man, with the best smile. I enjoyed seeing him at my Dad's office when the guys would gather for coffee and social hour! Nate was always such a positive, friendly man. God bless all of you. ”
- Dana (File) Kies
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“My deepest sympathy to the entire family. I have so many good memories of Big Nate and the entire family.”
- Mark Steele
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Din, Harold and I wish to express our condolences on Nate'passing to you and your family. We will always remember the good times we enjoyed together with ASTA.”
- Dorothy & Harold Schneider
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“to my longtime friends and nearby neighbors i am so sorry to hear about doc's passing!! what a great guy!! bet he would approve of a picnic and ballgame at mim and pips vacant lt!! love you all!!!

- steve conley
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Dinny, Jean and family. I was so surprised tonight when Jane called to tell me she had heard that Nate died. I am so sorry to hear this and my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. My prayers and sympathy at this sad time for you. Bobbie Lindenstein”
- Bobbie Lindenstein
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