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“Sorry, Karen & family, I'm not an acquaintance of Wes but of Karen. I am SO very sorry for your loss! I did not even see this until tonight, I was so...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Lisa Boyes - Acquaintance

“Wes was an incredibly kind human being. Our community is a better place because of Wes being in it. My condolences to the Phillips family. ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Nicole (Husak) Buchholz - Omaha, NE

“sorry for your loss he was a good friend to me in high school I was in his class of 1996 ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: rex morrison - grinnell, IA

“Dear Karen and Ed, I am so sorry for your loss. A couple of years ago, I was fortunate enough to see Wes play with a band that he was a member of. It...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Sheree Andrews - Grinnell, IA

“I mainly worked with Wes as a bassist in orchestras. In 2013 we brought him in to play bass for a concert with Ottumwa Symphony. When we then found...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Eric McIntyre - Grinnell, IA

“I was so blessed to I know Wes these past few years. The first time I heard his beautiful bass voice behind me in the church choir I couldn't help...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Susan McIntyre - Grinnell, IA

“I knew Wes through his involvement in numerous music projects. A true talent and genuinely kind person. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Steve Wilson - Seattle, WA

“Wes worked at the Post Office on University of North Carolina campus and I was his supervisor. Wes was a great person as well as worker. I am truly...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Claude Piercy - Chapel Hill, NC

“Wes was a wonderful person and he was always smiling whenever he came to work. he was so pleasant to talk to and I really enjoyed our conversations. ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Lori Ann Palazzo - Cary, NC

“I had the pleasure of working with Wes in Chapel Hill. He was a wonderful sweet person. My prayers go out to his family. He will be missed. ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Missy Dodson - Snow Camp, NC

“A few years ago, while doing some evening yard work, I had a pleasant surprise. A private concert from the next-door porch. Wes and a friend made...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Otto & Effie Hall - GRINNELL, IA

Wesley Scott Phillips, 38, died at his home in Grinnell on May 23, 2016. A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Grinnell, Iowa at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 28th. Lunch will follow at the church.

Wes was born in Grinnell on December 19, 1977 and attended Grinnell Schools, graduating in 1996. He was a National Merit Scholar and went on to study music at the University Of Iowa School of Music where he had a music scholarship. He earned a Bachelor of Music in bass performance and was honored as the Jazz Musician of the year at his graduation. He played upright bass with the University of Iowa Orchestra as well as the Johnson County Landmark Band.

Wes joined with other musicians to form bands whenever possible. The first was Vivid, during high school. He also performed in The Speed of Sauce, Ticonderoga, The Rosebuds, The Funk Upstairs, and most recently, Magic Bison. He loved to play bass with groups of musicians, but he also played percussion, guitar, and piano. Wes was a composer as well as a performer, and when he wrote a song he usually recorded it himself and played all the instruments on the recording. Wes was also a gifted music teacher, and he tried to make lessons fun for his students as well as himself.

Wes is survived by his parents, Ed and Karen Phillips, his brother, Tim Phillips, and his special friend, Lynda Miell. Memorials honoring Wesley may be designated to the Grinnell High School Fine Arts Program or the Grinnell Area Arts Council, by way of Smith Funeral Home, P.O. Box 368, Grinnell, IA 50112.

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