John Philip Errebo, 87, died Sunday, December 23, 2012, at Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas, Nev.. The only son of the late John and Myrtle Anderson Errebo, he was born September 17, 1925, in Denmark, Kan., in the native limestone house his grandfather built in 1902. At age six, Phil drove a horse-drawn seed tamper behind the corn planter. With his three sisters, he rode Salty, the big white horse, to school. He played football for the Lincoln High School Leopards.
World War II ended just as he finished fighter pilot training in the Army Air Corps. At Kansas State College, he studied engineering and belonged to Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. While at K-State, he met and married Christina Haun in 1947, and they moved to Denmark, Kan. where Phil farmed with his father for nine years. In later years, Phil and Chrissy bought a farm near Center, Neb., and a ranch near Princeton. They raised a daughter and four sons. In 1974, they separated, and later divorced.
With his farming days behind him, Phil got into the oil and gas business. In Williston, N.D., he met and married Deborah Borrud. They moved to Kentucky and started a business, Erco. Their daughter, Jane, was born in 1988. They divorced in 1991.
Phil traveled the world for business and fun. From 1991 to 2001, he lived and worked in Colombia, South America. He flew his own plane and was always interested in aviation. In the last three years of his life, he lived in Las Vegas and played poker at the Orleans Casino every night.
Preceding him in death were: sisters Mary Helen Bateman, Bee Welling, and Marjorie Stone; son, Henry; and infant daughter, Ann Christina.
He is survived by: sons Jay (Fabiola), Peter, and Mark; daughters Nancy and Jane; granddaughters Ann Errebo (Jake Nyberg), Jo Ellen Errebo (Jeremy Arnold), and Cally Errebo; grandson Edward Errebo; and great grandchildren Kyle and Rylee Skachenko, Trent and Aaron Nyberg, Austin and Brayden Kammerer, and Logan and Tyler Arnold.
Funeral and burial with military honors were held January 3 at the Denmark Lutheran Church in Denmark, Kan.