A Celebration of the Life of Phillip T. Garcia

A Brief History

Phillip was born the fourth of seven children to Inez and Jose on December 2 1, 1933. His family did seasonal farm work in the St. Peter Mankato area. He joined the army in 1950 at the age of 17 where he served in the Korean War. He was wounded in combat and received a purple heart.

After being discharged in 1954, he settled on the West Side of St. Paul. His family shared a duplex with the Nicholson family. The oldest daughter, Mary, later married him on April 14, 1961. Together they raised four children on the West Side: Phillip Jr., Lisa, Richard and Robert.

He worked at Armors for 20 years and then went to work for Ed Cave & Sons until his retirement in 1993. Phillip and Mary had the opportunity to travel all over the world during the next 10 years. He became active in local veteran’s groups and the Fort Snelling Rifle Squad.

Two of his proudest moments were being cast as the lone soldier in the Minnesota Korean Statue located on the Capitol grounds and winning the grand prize 1st Calvary ring at the 50th year anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

In July of last year, the love of his life, Mary, died. He was lost without her. Likewise, we will be lost without him.


I have fought the good fight,

I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

(2 Timothy 4: 7)


“A hero is an ordinay person who does

extraordinary deeds. Phillip, you are a hero!”

December 21, 1933 – August 20,2005