Phillip Bruce Rossing

phillip rossing

Phillip Bruce Rossing


Phillip Bruce Rossing was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 18, 1942.  He was adopted at the age of two by Esther and Harry Rossing.  He told how he bugged his parents for a sister until they finally adopted Carole.  To their surprise, his mother got pregnant and Lois joined the family a year later! They were raised on the family farm.  When Phillip’s father was injured and unable to work the heavy farm equipment, a neighbor taught Phil to operate the tractor so he could help cultivate the crops.  He was only 8 years old!

At the age of 17, Phillip enlisted in the Navy and spent 8 years in service during the Vietnam War.  He did many 3-month tours on a submarine.  After his service he worked for a major fire alarm company.  He later became an independent contractor and his sons joined him and learned the trade as fire alarm technicians.  He spent the last years of his career with Cherry Creek School District.

Phillip was a major film buff and he loved history.  He never met a stranger!

He is survived by his wife, Martha,  sisters Carole Roberts and Lois Hanson, sons Lloyd Rossing and Marty (Tana) Rossing and step-children Karen (David) Vermillion, Kathy (Curt) Bigelow and Ron (Karen) Kershner.  He has 8 grand-children.  He is preceded in death by his son, Bruce.


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  1. No one would listen with such interest or was so interesting to hear.

    Those long talks that lasted hours and seemed like minutes.

    I really miss those…

    I love you Dad.

  2. Hello Lloyd,I remember meeting your dad,been trying to get ahold of you to say hi.hope this finds you well

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