Philip E. Partello

Apr 17, 2021

Philip E. Partello, 80, of Arnolds Park, passed away from complications from a heart attack at the Avera McKennan Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Services for Philip will be held at 11:00am, Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Calvary United Methodist Church in Arnolds Park. A visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00pm on Friday, April 16, at the church. Burial will be held in the Lakeview Gardens Cemetery in Spirit Lake. Arrangements are under the direction of the Schuchert-Lentz Funeral Home in Spirit Lake. Online condolences may be left at

Philip was born on June 28, 1940, to Purl and Izetta (Johnson) Partello, at the family farm in Estherville, IA. He graduated from Estherville High School and earned an associate degree from Iowa Lakes Community College. Philip worked as a Grain Marketer/Manager for the Grain Elevator in Armstrong, Iowa, and Leroy, Minnesota. He was united in marriage to Mary Downing on January 16, 1971, in Omaha, Nebraska. She preceded him in death on October 24, 2020, in Arnolds Park.

In his retirement, Philip enjoyed driving the Rides bus in Spirit Lake where he made many friends. He was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church in Arnolds Park. Philip was a devoted family man to his children and grandchildren. He was always in attendance at his grandchildren’s activities supporting them in whatever they were doing. In his free time, he enjoyed going to the YMCA for exercise and had a love for classic cars. He had just recently purchased a corvette and was looking forward to taking it for rides with his family.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Robin (Ed) Lock of Milford; Daniel (Lynne) Partello of Prophetstown, IL; and Darin (Rachel) Partello of Spirit Lake; 8 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; brother Purl (Janice) Partello, Jr. of Spirit Lake; and sister Marcia Hill of Spirit Lake.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sister Ann and son David.