Interment Ceremony to be held Saturday, May 14th at 11:00 a.m. at Wisconsin Memorial Park
13235 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield, WI.
Luncheon to follow at the American Legion Post 449, 3245 North 124th Street, Brookfield, WI.
Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home
Phillip William Unti, 79, of Clearwater, Florida, passed away on January, 14, 2016, peacefully at rest with his wife and family members by his side.
Phillip was born at home in West Allis, Wisconsin, on May 16, 1936 to Phillip and Eleanor Unti. He had three sisters. He was predeceased by Betty and Yvonne, and is survived by Janet Grabarkiewicz. He graduated from West Allis Central High School and continued on to receive an Associate Degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College.
Phillip was married to Barbara Unti (nee Brucks) on February 1, 1986; they were married 30 years. Phillip worked for the Wisconsin Electric Power Company for 32 years. He was a volunteer fireman and served as an American Legion Post Commander for Post 449 in Elm Grove, Wisconsin. He also served as a member of the Largo Elks Lodge 2159 and was a fourth degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus, Council Number 7109. He served in the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1958 as an atomic energy fusing system specialist. He received the National Defense Service Medal and Airforce Outstanding Unit Award. Phillip loved life, good food, travel, family and friends. He also enjoyed cooking (which he learned from his Italian Nonna), gardening, and was a master story and joke teller.
Phillip was a loving father of five children from his first marriage to Patricia Unti: Phillip Unti, Jr., Eileen Wagner, Michelle Henke (Allen), Allyn Lahti (Daniel), and Sheryl Helmkamp (Kevin).
He had 11 grandchildren: Brittany Schmidtke (Eric), Jenny Aberin (Frances), Shannon Wagner, Amber Konop (Joseph), Megan Henke, Erin Chastain (Terry), Danny Lahti (Lacey), Justin Helmkamp, Jordan Helmkamp, Hannah Tezak , and Ellie Unti, as well as 9 great-grandchildren, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
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