Delmar 'Shorty' Phillip, son of Wilbur and Elsie (Calder) Clipperton, was born Sept. 22, 1935, at home on the farm in rural Churdan, Iowa. He attended country school and then worked for area farmers, as well as in a gas station.
In 1959 Shorty was united in marriage with Betty Bosche at the Methodist Church in Carroll. They made their home in Manning and five children were born to this union. Through the years Shorty worked for several major trucking companies as an over-the-road driver. He owned and operated his own semi-truck, and he and his son Dan were a two-man coast-to-coast driving team for a time. He worked for himself painting houses after retiring at age 62. During the 1980's Shorty lived in Tennessee, and in 2000 he moved and made his home with his son Dan and his family in Storm Lake.
Shorty enjoyed camping when his children were young, car races and watching classic television shows. In later years he relished listening to the police scanner and visiting with his neighbors. Shorty will be remembered for his wicked sense of humor. He was especially close to his youngest granddaughter Bailey, as they lived together most of her life.
Since before his retirement Shorty had been struggling with declining health. He died suddenly at his home in Storm Lake on Friday, July 23, 2010, at the age of 74 years, 10 months and 1 day.
Shorty is preceded in death by his parents; sisters: Bethany Clipperton in infancy; Donna Pierce; and Dorothy Skol; and brothers Denny and Devere Clipperton.
He is survived by five children: LouAnn Loew (Richard) of Grimes; Becky Loew (Jeff) of Storm Lake; Dan Clipperton (fiancée Lisa Hopkins) of Storm Lake; Teresa Augustus (special friend Jim Wickland) of Carroll; Brenda Harrison (Adrian) of Traverse City, MI; eleven grandchildren: Beth Burke (Lance); Danielle Markway (Luke); Arick Loew; Justin Loew (special friend Kristen Rielley); Bailey Clipperton; McKenzie Mohr (fiancé Josh Lichte); Randi Mohr (fiancé Ryan Boell); Alex Augustus; Amanda Augustus; Jennifer Schultz (fiancé Jordan Berry); and Jay Bilello (fiancée Ashley Archer); six great grandchildren; brothers Donald Clipperton (Mary) of Missouri and Dean Clipperton (Diane) of Bayard; sister-in-law Martha Clipperton of Bayard; brother-in-law Jim Skol of rural Humboldt; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at the Ohde Funeral Home in Manning at 10:30 a.m. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will be held in the Union Township Cemetery, west of Bayard.