Trent James Phillips
JESUP – Trent James Phillips, 38 years old of Jesup, IA, died Friday, April 27, 2018, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA, from cancer.

Funeral services were10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at St. Athanasius Catholic Church, Jesup, IA, with Fr. Jeffrey A. Dole as celebrant. Music was by Monica Bengston, Jake Carpenter and the St. Athanasius Choir. Casket bearers were Troy Phillips, Cory Silka, Doug Ciesielski, Scott O’Connor, B.J. Collins, and Mark Wyrick. Burial was at St. Athanasius Cemetery. Visitation was from 3-8 p.m., Monday, April 30 at the White Funeral Home, Jesup, IA, where there was a 3 p.m. Parish Rosary and a 7 p.m. Vigil service. Visitation continued for an hour before services Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be directed to the family, Legos and flowers accepted. Online condolences may be posted at

Trent was born February 21, 1980, in Waterloo, IA, the son of James Eugene Phillips and Darlene Elizabeth (Jarrett) Phillips. He graduated from Jesup High School with the class of 1998 and later graduated from Hawkeye Community College with a degree in Graphic Design. On June 15, 2002, he was united in marriage to Wendy Jalene Wessels at St. John Catholic Church, Independence, IA. He first worked at CR Advertising and later at Amperage Marketing before his current employment at Martin Brothers as a Brand Identity Developer, all in Cedar Falls, IA. He was a member of St. Athanasius Catholic Church, and Knight of Columbus Council #8227 both in Jesup.

Trent is survived by his wife, Wendy Phillips of Jesup; one son, Matthew Phillips and one daughter, Mallory Phillips, both at home; his parents, James and Darlene Phillips of Jesup; one brother, Troy (Katie) Phillips of Waterloo; two sisters, Tracy (Doug) Ciesielski and Tara (Cory) Silka, of Jesup; several nieces and nephews; his parents-in-law, Bruce and Cindy Wessels of Independence, IA; and sister-in-law, Lori Wessels and fiancé Mark Wyrick of Waterloo. His paternal grandparents, James A. and Mary Phillips and maternal grandparents, Harry and Velma Jarrett, preceded him in death.

White Funeral Home, Jesup, IA, was in charge of the arrangements.
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