Phillip James Harry

May 19, 1952 - August 16, 2019 

Phillip James Harry

May 19, 1952 - August 16, 2019 

Obituary for Phillip James Harry

Phillip James Harry, 67, of Colby, died Friday, August 16, 2019, at Hays Medical Center, Hays, KS. He was born May 19, 1952, in Atwood, KS, to Everett and Adella (Vrbas) Harry. On September 15, 1979, he married Dorothy Havel, in Atwood. Phillip worked at the Colby Super Market, ran the projectors at the Colby Theater, and then went on to work maintenance at Sacred Heart Church and Grade School, Colby, Oakley High School and Colby Community College, before retiring. Phillip enjoyed watching football, especially college football, the Chiefs and the Colby Eagles, where he often worked the “Chain Gang” during games. He enjoyed fishing and bowling and he especially loved spending time with his family and his dog, Buddy James. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Colby.

Phillip was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Calvin Harry; sister, Glinda Guard; in-laws, Ralph and Ruth Havel; brothers-in-law, Richard Pabst, Leonard Havel, Raymond Havel and Edward Havel.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of the home; daughters, Paula (Terry) Wilt, Hays, KS and Kayla (Luke) Sawyer, Inman, KS; grandchildren, Tyler Harry, Rylie Sawyer and Avery Sawyer; special friends Brandi (Brian) Emmot, Levant, KS and Melissa Emmot; sisters Gloria Pabst, Oakley, KS, Cheryl (Michael) Maggard, Wichita, KS and Regina Depperschmidt, Loveland, CO; brother-in-law, Gary Guard, Hays, KS; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation is 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at Baalmann Mortuary, Colby, with a vigil at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Colby, with burial in the church cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the church, in care of Baalmann Mortuary, PO Box 391, Colby, KS 67701. For information or condolences visit

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