After graduation, Phil worked for the US Treasury department as a bank examiner, auditing banks in the Boise, Idaho area. He was drafted into the army and went to Viet Nam in mid-1968, where he was unfortunately exposed to Agent Orange. During one of his leaves he traveled to Sydney, Australia, one of his most memorable experiences. Phil came home from Viet Nam a changed person, with a better understanding towards those who protested the war.
Phil returned to his job as a bank examiner in Billings and later Great Falls. In 1979 Phil went to work for Cascade County as chief accountant and later fiscal officer. In 1973 he returned to UM, earning his master’s degree in business administration. He was then employed by the State of Montana as an auditor for local governments, cities and towns in western Montana. In 2004 Phil retired, in part due to health issues. In 2008 he moved to Village Health Care Center in Missoula, where he could be closer to family. Phil and his family will forever be grateful to the caring and loving staff at the Village, who became his good friends and second family.
Phil was a gentle soul with a kind heart and a dry sense of humor. He was highly intelligent and touched the lives of everyone who spent time with him.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Phyllis.
He is survived by siblings, Ellen Strommen of Missoula, Edwin A. Strommen of Anaconda, and Karen Dwyer of Thompson Falls. His nieces and nephews dearly love their Uncle Phil, Georgia (Steve) Hamel, Edwin O. Strommen, Andrew Strommen, Edward J. Dwyer, Dale (Amy) Strommen, Rebecca (Matt) Blankenship, Denise Dein, and Timothy Dwyer, in addition to ten great-nieces and nephews, and four great-great-nieces and nephews. Rest in peace, Uncle Phil.
Visitation will be held at the Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral Home, Anaconda, Friday, August 7 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Funeral Services will be held at the Hope Lutheran Church, Anaconda, Saturday, August 8 at 11 a.m. Following the luncheon, interment with full military honors will take place at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with Phil’s funeral arrangements. You may pay you condolences at longfellowfinneganriddle.com.