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Phil Noteboom, age 64, of Rib Mountain, passed away at home on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Phil died of complications related to lung cancer, despite quitting smoking over 30 years ago.

Phil spent most of his professional career as a personal injury defense attorney. He was most proud of his work as an independent mediator toward the end of his career. Phil helped a lot of people, both professionally and personally. He was a loyal friend and confidant to many.

Phil was raised in Oak Lawn, IL and attended Oak Lawn Community High School, graduating in 1970. He then attended MacMurray College and IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Phil and his wife, Maureen moved to Wausau in 1988 to raise their family here. Phil was a very involved father. He took care of night time baths and bed time stories. As his sons grew, Phil supported them by coaching baseball and soccer and managing the hockey team. He was a member of the Board of Directors for WAYSA (soccer) and MCYHA (hockey). He built sets for plays and enjoyed many concerts and basketball games.

As his kids grew and needed him less, Phil spent more time fishing and hunting with his pointers Woody and Boo. Phil and Maureen enjoyed golfing, hiking, backpacking, camping and travel. They were very fortunate to travel extensively throughout their life. Phil was a voracious reader and lover of music and reality television. He enjoyed watching the NFL, NBA and European football (soccer) on TV, during which he was known to take frequent naps (dubbed “nappy – ball”).

Phil is survived by his wife of 31 years, Maureen, his sons and their wives Pete (Nikki) of Minneapolis, MN and Joe (Kirsty Brian) of London, England and his canine companion Shaftoe. He is also survived by his father-in-law, John Brady of West Bend, WI and Maureen’s family including Mike and Karyn Brady of Roswell, GA, Kathy and Jim Burnett of New Holstein, WI, Terry Brady and Rob Koskovich of Atlanta, GA, Pat and Justine Brady of Sun Prairie, WI and Maggie and Jim Leef of Pewaukee, WI. Phil and Maureen also enjoy 19 nieces and nephews, five great-nephews and one great niece. He will be sadly missed by all.

Phil was preceded in death by his son, Sam, his sister, Sharon Murphy, his parents, Lyle and Connie Noteboom and his mother-in-law, Patricia Brady.

There will be a celebration of Phil’s life at Grace United Church of Christ, 535 South 3rd Avenue, Wausau, on Thursday September 28th at 2:00 PM, with visitation starting at 1:00. Rev. Joy Nelson-Jeffers will officiate. Visitation is also from 4-7 PM on Wednesday September 27th at Brainard Funeral Home, 522 Adams Street, Wausau.

Phil’s family wishes to thank Dr. Ahuja, Dr. Oswald and everyone at Aspirus Cancer Center for their love and compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers the family asks donations go to your favorite charity in memory of Phil.

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  1. Ruediger Kaiser, Austria

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    Ein letzter Gruss an unseren
    To Maureen, Pete and Joe.
    Our thoughts are with you.
    Harri, Gernot and Ruediger
    (Phil’s German “Brothers”)

  2. Matt Yde

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    Outstanding man! Prayers for your family.

  3. Tim Bowers

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    Maureen, I am so sorry for your loss. My sympathies and prayers are with you and your family.

    In life and in death we belong to God.

    Tim Bowers

  4. Wayne & Kathy Johnson

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    Dear Maureen & Family:
    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your wonderful husband and Father. We will miss his presence at Grace Church, but know he is in the loving arms of our Lord.

    Wayne & Kathy Johnson

  5. Mike Tomsyck

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    Maureen, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your sons. May God give you strength!

    -Mike Tomsyck and your friends at NCHA.

  6. Sherry Denton

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    Maureen, Joe, Pete and family;
    Phil will be greatly missed especially that smile! We offer our condolences and heartfelt sympathy. Remember we are friends and neighbors if you need anything please call.
    Memories you shared will always be a part of your life, we are sending our love and prayers,
    Jon and Sherry Denton

  7. Pam Wojtasiak

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    I and so many will be with you in prayer and spirit tomorrow. Please know how sad I was to hear of your loss. I hope we can get together soon.

  8. Carol Waltet

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    Dear Maureen and boys: We are shocked and saddened to hear Phil has passed away. Rob and I will be attending the service tomorrow. You are in our prayers. Sending love.

    Carol Walter

  9. shellie krueger

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    Dear Maureen, Pete and Joe,

    my sincere condolences to your family. Though it has been years since I have last seen Phil I see his smile and can’t help but remember what a warm, caring individual he was. He certainly could turn any frown upside down.
    I remember the year that Joe and my son Jordan were on the same hockey team and how proud Phil always was of his boys despite the outcome of the game.

    Shellie Krueger

  10. Wade Johnson

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    Our sincere condolences to your family. We’ve met Phil and Maureen on a number of occasions and enjoyed time with you and hearing of your many travels. We know you will miss Phil every day and hope you are doing OK. I’d like to attend the service but couldn’t swing it with my work schedule. You are in our thoughts.
    Wade Johnson and Dana Joachim-Motoc
    Minneapolis, MN
    (brother of Christie Clark)

  11. Randal Kumm

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    Dear Maureen, Pete and Joe,

    You are in our thoughts. While I feel a deep sadness and loss, I also smile as I recall my friend.

    Phil always made me smile. I don’t know why or how, but he had a quiet talent to make any day better. Anyone would be happier to be at the game, concert, meeting, office, hallway or lake, if they were next to Phil. I think it was his smile– it seemed to be the first thing that greeted me, always.

    Ann and I were blessed to have had all of you in our lives. Love and peace to your family.

    I will try to smile, more often and sooner. I’ll think of Phil.

    Randy Kumm

  12. Jim Weiss

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    Maureen, Pete and Joe, Little would I know that when I drafted two young men for my Litle League team, that it would start a wonderful journey with a truly great family for all of these years. Even though our Phil is gone in person he will never be gone from my heart and thoughts. Kaye and I are with the three of you anytime you have a need. Our sincere Love Kaye and the Good Jim.

  13. Karl Brauer

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    Maureen, Joe, and Pete,

    I am very sorry to hear about Phil’s passing. He was always such a great guy and made everything more fun. He will be missed and you will all be in my prayers.

  14. Jeff Peterson

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    Barb and I were saddened to hear of Phil’s passing.
    I enjoyed being part of the Wednesday golf group and getting to know Phil better.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Maureen, and your entire family.
    Jeff & Barb Peterson

  15. Katie kloth

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    So sorry to hear about Phil; anyone that ever met him knew he was a great family guy & legit dude! This time must be really hard, and we are sending you rad love & strength; though it’s very different & crazy difficult, he is still with you!

    Much Love,
    Katie Kloth (krow) & fam

  16. Deborah J Maslowski

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    May you be surrounded with comfort by family and friends and memories to sustain you in the days ahead. Phil will be missed.

  17. Karen & George Schick

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    Dear Maureen, George and I are so sorry to learn of Phil’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  18. Roger Ross

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    Maurine, Pete, Joe. We are so sorry for your loss. Phil was a tremendous person, force, to those who knew him. He will be missed by so many and surely leaves a void we hope you can fill with memories of time spent with him. I know I’ll never forget our April Cast Against Cancer fund raisers we did together. May God bless you all and keep Phil in his everlasting kingdom.

    Roger & Lee Ann Ross
    Tomahawk, WI

  19. Paul Hunsanger

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    Maureen and family –
    Our condolences to you. I remember fondly the times that Phil lead capture the flag at Phillips Scout Camp when our sons were cub scouts. Phil was a natural teacher. And he always had a smile for all he came into contact with. Rest In Peace, Phil.

  20. Matt and Christie Clark

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    Maureen, Pete and Nikki, Joe and Kirsty,

    Our hearts are with you at this sad time.
    Phil was a great friend, as you all are as well.
    We had so much fun over the years.
    He was always so thoughtful and caring.
    We will miss him!
    Matt and Christie Clark
    Andrew and Carmen
    Nick and Inga
    Harrison and Brittany

  21. Pat Johnston Ruthenberg

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    My condolences to Maureen and family. I was happy to see him at our 50th class reunion. I will always remember him as that smart and funny kid that I grew up with in Oak Lawn.
    It was easy to see that Phil was proud of his family from the pictures he shared.

  22. Jim Heinz

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with Phil and his family. I met Phil pheasant hunting in northwest Iowa with the Clark Brothers and Dennis. We all had lots of fun and got along great. I will miss his many jokes and laughter. Happy hunting Phil!

  23. Laurel Anderson Quinn

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    So saddened to hear that Phil is no longer with us. As a grammar school friend, praying for all of his family and friends at this time of loss.

  24. Gary Perkins

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    Maureen and family
    Our hearts are broken with the loss of this gentle man.
    His sense of humor was wonderful, and his common sense approach to
    problem solving was inspirational.
    I was privileged to spend time working with him, and having him as a
    Although we haven’t had a chance to visit with you and Phil for a number
    of years … you have always been close to our heart.
    Right now…our hearts hurt with you.
    You and your entire family with be in our thoughts and prayers during
    this difficult time.
    Phil….save a place for us.

    Gary and Laurie Perkins

  25. Jesse Furrer

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    Maureen, Pete, and Joe: My heart is heavy this morning hearing of the passing of a great man. My favorite memory of Phil was watching him work the score booth at a frozen hockey arena during a Squirt hockey tournament. He worked game after game after game…. because he loved helping and watching the kids play. He SO loved his family.

    While we are sad today, it should be quickly tempered knowing full well Phil waits patiently for us in that house not made by human hands. What a blessing for him today. Hopefully you all find the time to smile soon knowing that you will see him again in due time.

    Jesse Furrer

  26. Jim Gronholm

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    Rest in peace Phil God Bless you and your family.I knew Phil from grammar school.

  27. Mike Trotter

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    To Maureen, Joe, Pete, Kirsty, Nikki and Shaftoe, (and all Phil’s wonderful friends),
    Condolences to you all,
    What a privilege it has been to know Phil even for such a short time. A man of great compassion, intellect, understanding and an all round special person. I can honestly say Phil changed my perception of Americans and America in the most positive way. I loved the guy!
    I will miss Phil immensely,
    Rest in peace my friend,
    Mike Trotter (for Chris as well)

  28. Becky Schultz

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with Maureen and your kids. Sorry I never made it out there to visit

  29. Gary Van Keppel

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Phil’s passing. I always remember him as being a kind person and enjoyed seeing him during visits to DeMotte. My prayers and condolences to the family.

  30. Steve & Denise LeRoy

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    Phil was an incredible man, he had a gift about that just always made you comfortable. Phil truly enjoyed life, he made the world a better place.

  31. Bonnie Held

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    Sorry for your loss Maureen

  32. Terry & Gail Wiegert

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    So very sorry Maureen & boys. Wishing you peace & comfort. Phil was such a good guy.

  33. William Mansell

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    Phil will be missed by so many. He was extraordinarily kind. Condolences to his family whom he frequently spoke of with love and pride. A good man gone too soon.

  34. Lori Kramer

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    Maureen, Pete and Joe,
    We send you our condolences and you are in our thoughts and prayers. May your memories give you strength.
    Lori, Mitch and Jace Krame

  35. Mark & Linda Kingma

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    I am sorry for your loss Maureen, Pete and Joe. I remember growing up I always got excited to see My cousins from Oaklawn. Phil was 5 years older than me but never treated me like a little kid. I remember watching those Sunday afternoon games with him and Uncle Lyle. We kept watching while the old guys slept. He will be missed. You will all be in our prayers in the coming days. God bless you.

  36. Ann Smith

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    Maureen–I am so sorry. My thoughts are with you and your family. I am so glad I reconnected with you after so many years. I wish I had know Phil better. Ann

  37. Vicki Ellias

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    Maureen and Family,
    I am so saddened to hear the news of Phil’s passing. I have fond memories of dinners together at your beautiful home, pontooning, sushi nights, and summer time concerts on the square. I enjoyed every conversation ever had with Phil. My last conversation having been in Mellen at Copper Falls State Park when I bumped into you both. May you find peace and comfort as the days pass knowing Phil is now at peace himself. Love and hugs to you!

  38. Heran Sherko

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    My deepest condolences go to the family of the deceased. I was only with them for 5 days in 2015 but their hospitality will stay with me for good. Mr. Philip, along with his beloved wife Maureen treated us just like family and were very welcoming. He was a great man and will be missed. My prayers are with you.

  39. Joan Kingma Keown

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss, Maureen, Pete, and Joe. I have great memories family get togethers with Phil when we were kids. He was always the life of the party knew how to make his younger cousins laugh! Praying for God’s peace and comfort for you.

  40. Karen Hebert

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    To my dear Maureen,
    Your deep, faithful, abiding love beamed like the sun for this man with whom you built a life; wrote a wonderful story. Our hearts ache.
    How lucky we are to have called him our friend. We will never ever find his memory fading – there is no one like Phil. So smart, so funny, a defender of good.
    We are so sorry to be far away. We’re toasting him like mad.
    Dick and Karen

  41. Rob Stevenson

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    So sorry for your loss Maureen and family.
    Loved Phil like a brother. Always a great person to be with. He will be missed. You are all in our prayers. Rob and Linda

  42. Hiyam Al-Arami

    09/24/2017 at 1:47 pm

    I am deeply sorry to hear about the death of Mr. Phil. When I first came to the U.S Mr and Mrs Noteboom were my hosting family. He was the kindest and most welcoming person, he taught me how to tie fishing knot even though it took me long to get it, he was patient and he kept smiling. I will never forget you Mr Phil. RIP
    While there is no way I can feel your pain, I am sharing your loss.Peace and love to you and your family during this sorrowful time.