He was born in Waupaca on November 20, 1927, the son of William and Margaret Testin of Wild Rose. Philip was devoted to always making sure his family was taken care of even at an early age. Because of his father passing away when he was only 13 years old, Philip quit school after completing the eighth grade to help his mother and brother work on the family farm. Taking on various jobs including E.L. Knoke in Wild Rose and then entering the construction trade at Steigerwald Construction in Milwaukee; Phil found his calling when accepting a position as a Heavy Equipment Operator with A. Guenther & Sons of Milwaukee. With more than twenty-five years of service, Phil retired as a proud member of the Operating Engineers Local 139 Union. Philip married the love of his life, Alice Nowak on November 26, 1949 in Wild Rose. Together they raised five beautiful children and set an example of what commitment, kindness and generosity truly mean. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do to help his family and friends. Philip, life-long member of the NRA, was an avid outdoorsman with a passion for hunting and fishing. He shared and carried on many traditions that will forever be in the memories of those who were fortunate enough to have experienced them with him. He also was one of the biggest NY Yankees fans you would have ever met!
Philip is survived by his wife, Alice Testin, Wild Rose, which they had recently celebrated 68 years of marriage. He is also survived by four children, Phyllis (Robert) Dillman, Wild Rose; Donald Testin, Wild Rose; Patricia Wood, Plover and John (Jean) Testin, Wild Rose; nine grandchildren: Heather Dillman, Wild Rose; James Dillman, Schenectady, New York; Brandi (Dick) Norquist, Lohrville; Dawn Kopitzke, Berlin; Conrad Wood, Plover; Travis Wood, Green Bay; Misty (Ben) Holzman, Wild Rose; Alicia (Cameron) Weis, Wautoma and Dylan Tes-tin, Madison; seven great-grandchildren with number eight arriving soon, and many nieces, nephews and countless friends. Philip was preceded in death by his parents, William and Margaret Testin, brother James Testin, sister Jean Tarr, daughter Diane Schultz and granddaughter Tammy Lynn Testin.
Services will be held at the Holly Funeral Home in Wild Rose on Thursday, February 15. Visitation will be at 12 p.m. with the service at 1 p.m. Philip will be laid to rest at the Ravine Cemetery, Wild Rose. A celebration of life and luncheon will be held at Slugger’s Sports Bar, 495 Main Street, Wild Rose immediately following the service. The Holly Funeral Home of Wild Rose is assisting the family with arrangements.
Until we meet again, may we never forget your love for life,
your sassy spirit and the kindness & compassion you shared with us.