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Phillip Marcuson

Updated: May 2, 2022


Phillip (Phil) Marcuson passed away peacefully in his home, as he always wished, on Sunday, February 13, 2022. He was born to Carl Marcuson and Kathleen Marcuson-Lamb-Huffman on February 28, 1974 in Florida.


Phil graduated from Lynchburg Christian Academy. Phil attended various educational institutions to acquire formal knowledge: Central Virginia Community College, Liberty University, Community College of the Air Force, and Des Moines Area Community College.


While at LCA, Phil developed an interest in photography that lasted all of his life. He enjoyed taking pictures of his family, of nature, and of the sights in the cities and countries he visited.

Phil served in the U.S. Air Force from October 1994 until June 2001. He became an avid traveler and loved exploring Europe. His favorite country was Italy. He also visited Germany, France, Spain, Slovenia, and Austria, making memories and taking pictures of sights and nature.


In late 2001, Phil met his future wife Yuliya. Phil and Yuliya were married in August 2002 in Virginia. In 2003 Phil and Yuliya moved to Des Moines. Moving to Des Moines turned out to be one of the best decisions for their family. Phil and Yuliya shared a strong passion for travel, exploration, and adventure. Together, they traveled to Mexico, Thailand, Egypt, France, Sardinia, Italy, Canada, Russia, and Spain. They also visited most of the states in the USA.


Phil was an outstanding supportive husband. When Phil and Yuliya’s only child–son Anton–was born in 2012, Phil proved to be an absolutely dedicated, loving, and caring father.


Phil never stopped learning. He was great at picking up and learning technology. He loved reading and digesting non-fiction books that would teach him new skills and provide knowledge. He effortlessly figured out things that would ordinarily take days, and he was always very patient and meticulous about anything he wanted to learn or committed to doing.


In 2016, Phil was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. This was devastating news to him and the family, but just as everything he did in his life, he took it with a logical and positive outlook. Phil was a man of steel will, compassion, love, and he never ever complained about anything that life threw at him. He persevered no matter what, and his resilience was incredible. He decided to live his life enjoying each and every day, making a positive impact on others, sharing his knowledge and passions, and never stopping traveling and exploring. His family was the most important part of his life, and he never gave up and stayed strong for them until the very end.


Phil will be missed enormously by his family members, his many friends and colleagues, his neighbors, and everyone he impacted by sharing his story and life. Phil is survived by his parents, by his spouse, by his son, by his parents-in-law, by his sisters (daughters of Carl) and his many aunts, uncles, and cousins.


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