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Obituary | Phillip “Phil” Victor Middleton, 83, of Richfield, WI

March 14, 2022 – Richfield, WI – Phillip “Phil” Victor Middleton, Town of Richfield, 83, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, with his wife by his side.


He was born on December 1, 1938, in Madison, WI, the son of the late Ferdinand and Joyce (Myers) Middleton.

Phil was a jack-of-all-trades. You could put any tool in his hand and he would know what to do with it. He worked as a mechanic, carpet installer, tool salesman, and carpenter. He could build anything from a gun cabinet to a home.

Phil loved to travel around the U.S. collecting interesting rocks and materials that he would use to build his home. His favorite place to visit was Florida. Phil was not blessed with grandchildren, so he had cats and dogs running around the house to fill his heart with joy.

Phillip married Barbara “Barb” (Mayer) on September 6, 1992, on the land they bought together and in the gazebo he built. It started out as a rainy day, but as the time neared for them to say their nuptials it had stopped raining, and eventually, the sun came out. It was a beautiful day!

Phil is survived by his wife Barb and two daughters: Lori (Robert) Cappelletti, Woodinville, WA, and Michelle (Christopher) Kandler, Appleton, WI. Phil is also survived by three siblings, Barb’s brothers and sisters and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his son Daniel, his parents and Barb’s parents Howard and Anny Mayer.

His Celebration of Life will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with Military Service starting at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2022, at Folk Song Farm, 4811 Pioneer Rd Richfield, WI. Food and drinks will be catered in. Phillip will be cremated.

On Phil’s behalf, donations are welcome to the American Legion which would provide life-changing assistance and guidance for veterans and their families around the world. As Phil was a veteran of the Vietnam War, he would be proud to be able to assist his fellow veterans any way he could.


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