Philip J. Berreau, age 73, of St. James, died on July 3, 2013, at the Mayo Health Systems Hospital in Mankato. Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James and resume at the church, one hour before the
funeral. Service will be held at the United Methodist Church in St. James on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 11 a.m. The clergy will be Pastor Clinton Firstbrook, III. Interment is private in Heron Lake. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in St. James. On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Philip Jon Berreau was born on January 31, 1940 in Heron Lake, to Paul F. and Lillian "Lorraine" (Haberman) Berreau and raised by his grandparents, Albert J. and Anna C. (Paulson) Haberman. He attended elementary school in Heron Lake but furthered his education at a vocational school in Owatonna. In 1961 he moved to St. James where he dived into local life. As a young man, Phil was very active in the Jaycees. He was a charter member of the local Eagles club and previously served as president of the local and district chapters. Philip attended National Conventions for both the Eagles and the Jaycees. He never missed a Bingo night at the Eagles club nor the Legion. He was involved with bowling and darts. A former Grand Marshall for Railroad Days, Phil also served on the committee. He was a member of the United Methodist Church and loved visiting people. Phil was a fixture at Hometown Cafe. He volunteered by delivering Meals-on-Wheels and was once named "Hometown Hero." He worked at Tony Downs for over 40 years, retiring in 2005. He enjoyed putting together jigsaw puzzle pictures which he gave away in frames he made.
Philip is survived by sister, Ann (Jim) Cook, Centralia, Ill.; half-siblings, Paula (Pat) Conley, Corona, Calif. and Joel (Terri) Johnson, San Diego, Calif.; and many other relatives and friends, including a special friend, Janet Young, Calif. He is also survived by the Sonny and Marjorie Reinke family of St. James.
He is preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.