Phillip D. Street
Phillip D. Street, age 82, of Tomahawk, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, surrounded by family after his sometimes-entertaining battle with Alzheimer’s. Phil was born in Tomahawk, Wis., on Sept. 9, 1938 (the world became a better place on this day), to the late Elmer and Wilma (Cummings) Street. He was married to Joyce Domaika on Dec. 4, 1965.
Phil graduated from Tomahawk High School. After graduation, he began employment at Owens-Illinois Paper Mill for a short time before leaving for the U.S. Navy. After honorably serving our country, he returned to his hometown, where the paper mill eagerly welcomed his hard-working loyalty back, retiring after a dedicated and faithful 48 years. He was most happy spending his time fishing, especially with his grandkids. He found comfort and enjoyment outside where he would slowly, very slowly, rake leaves, or go out to putz in the garage—he never got much done out there, but he always had a lot of “pressing things” out there that demanded his attention. This is probably just one of a few ways to look busy and keep the honey-do list from getting any longer … he realized that when he took his daily nap just after 3:30 every day, he woke up to find something else added to the list. He was an expert at taking things apart and putting them back together. In his spare time, he loved working on 3-D puzzles and listening to old, old country music. Above all, Phil cherished time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren. Phil was humbled but proud of his personality; it would leave a fingerprint on everyone that crossed his path. Just ask any one of his four children that constantly hear that he was “one hell of a guy.” He was a humble man of quick-wit and often, inappropriate, one-liner smart remarks. Humor may very well have been the forte in his personality, but his humble nature certainly was a very close runner up. We know he’s upstairs giving the good Lord a run for his money, that’s for sure.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Street, of Tomahawk – who he always commended for her cooking, especially her chili, as long as it didn’t have onions; two sons, Mark Street, of Tomahawk, and Brandon Street, of Vulcan, Mich.; two daughters, Marnie (Sam) Shahin, of Vacaville, Calif., and Mandy (Nathan Gaedtke) Street, of Tomahawk; and his sister, Patricia (Ed) Besse, of Tomahawk. He is further survived by his grandchildren, Samantha, Issa, Isaiah, Spencer, Andy, Mark, Dakota, Tehya, Dawson, Cora, and Kayden … apologies for no quick wit on this section, this is where he got serious … his grandchildren meant more to him than most of us will ever know.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Wilma; his brothers, Jim, Bob, Larry, Roger, and Duane; and his sister, Audrey Jones.
Private family services will be held for this amazing man that we are honored to have had in our lives. It is without question a vast majority of this little community wants nothing more than to be there to show their respect to the legend of Phillip Street; he certainly earned every ounce of it. Burial will take place at Greenwood Cemetery in the spring.
Generations Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family. View Phillip’s obituary and leave online condolences at www.generationsfuneral.com.