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Phillip P. Walding

July 30, 1954 — February 28, 2023

Phillip P. Walding, 68 of Sioux City passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2023.  Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M. Saturday, March 11, 2023 at Nativity Church.  Visitation will be Friday, March 10, 2023 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. with vigil service at 7:00 P.M. at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel.  Burial will be held at a later date at Calvary Cemetery.  To view the funeral service online please visit

Phillip was born July 30, 1954 in Sioux City, Iowa.  He was the son of Phillip J. and Virginia M. (Davis) Walding.  He attended school in Sioux City and graduated from Heelan High School in June of 1974.  He went on to take a 1 year course at WIT in Commercial Maintenance.  He graduated in May of 1975.

Phillip married Carol Stultz in August of 1975.  Of this union 2 children were born, Dawn Marie and Joanie Leann.

Phillip married Bonnie (Cornelisen) Johanson on April 27, 1990 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sioux City, Iowa.  Bonnie had 3 children, Valerie Marie Johanson, Shaun Philip Johanson, and Heather Elaine Johanson.  Phil and Bonnie raised their children together.  The couple took on the challenge of raising a blended family; teaching their children to love God and each other.

Phillip lived in Sioux City for all of his life.  He remained a faithful member of St. Joseph Church for which he was an alter server, Usher, and Eucharistic Minister until November of 2017 at which time he and his wife, Bonnie joined Mater Dei Parish and started attending mass at Nativity Church.

Phillip had a passion for trains since he was a small boy.  He loved his model trains and had his own model railroad layout which he enjoyed sharing with his grandsons.

Phillip also enjoyed gardening and woodworking.  He loved to work with his hands. Phil had a green thumb and could make anything grow.   He had a beautiful rock garden in his backyard. Phil also made many pieces of furniture over the years.  The one he was most proud of was a sewing center that he made for his wife, Bonnie.

Phillip worked at several different jobs throughout his working career.  He worked at Heelan High School right out of school.  He worked at St. Joes Hospital, Woolworth Department Store, Great American Popcorn Company, IBP, Southern Hills Mall, Blessed Sacrament School, and Mercy Medical Center.  Most of the jobs he held were in the Maintenance/Janitorial field.  Phil loved to see a floor shine.

Phil also volunteered at Emergency Services in Sioux City for about 10 years.  He worked on the rescue squad and was there to lend a helping hand when the United Flight 232 crash landed at Sioux Gateway Airport in July of 1989.

Phil’s’ favorite saying was “Let Go and Let God.”  He had a strong faith in God and Church and he lived his life accordingly.  He had the patience of Job and compassion beyond all understanding.  God and family were always first with him.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Bonnie Walding of Sioux City, Iowa; children, Dawn Walding (Varik Jolin) of Sioux City, Iowa and Joanie Bauer (Phillip) of Sioux City, Iowa; step children, Valerie Douglas (Joe) of Orange City, Florida, Shaun Johanson (Meme) of Wells, Texas, and Heather Johanson of Orange City, Iowa; grandchildren, Isabelle Jolin, Rozwell Jolin, Kobe Walding, and Leann Bauer; siblings, Diana McKenna of Missouri, Susan Campbell of McCook Lake, South Dakota, Daniel Walding Escondido, California, David Walding of Sioux City, Iowa, Mark Walding (Carol) of Sioux City, Iowa, Bill Walding (Laura) of Sioux City, Iowa, Jeff Walding of Merrill, Iowa, and Lisa Grage (Joe) of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Steven Walding; sister, Teresa Walding; brother-in-law, Dennis Campbell; and sister-in-law, Dee Walding.

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