2017-11-16 / Obituaries

Philip George Eklund

Philip George Eklund, 73, of Portsmouth, passed away peacefully at home Nov. 9, 2017, surrounded by family and friends.

He was born in Aitkin, Minn. He was one of 10 children who grew up on the family dairy farm in Minn. and attended a one-room schoolhouse. Following high school graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served five years aboard the USS Proteus, with time in Holy Lock, Scotland, Rota, Spain, and Guam. His service earned him recognition as a Vietnam war veteran.

His naval career brought him to Aquidneck Island where he worked with various government contracting companies. He was a 40-year member of Wanumetonomy Golf & Country Club.

He leaves behind five children; Nicole Davis, Tami Chestnut, Kim Lewis, Colin McKeon, and Kate Acosta, 14 grandchildren, and his close friend and confidant Denise Jette. His family and friends will miss the twinkle in his eye, his infectious laugh, and jokes. Calling hours were were held at Connors Funeral Home. He will be buried in Minn.

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