Phil “Gus” Frobel, passed away June 7, 2018

A member of the bass section has been added to the heavenly choir as Philipp Gene Frobel, 84, of St. Joseph will be sharing this Father’s Day with his Heavenly Father. He was first and foremost a man of God.

Phil “Gus” Frobel received his eternal reward on the morning of June 7, 2018.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:00 A.M. Monday, June 11, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Court & Market St., St. Joseph, with Rev. Michael Roth officiating.  Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph.  Friends may visit with the family beginning at 10:00 A.M. Monday at the Church.  Memorials in Phil’s name may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church’s Capital Campaign, Lutheran Hour Ministries, or Caring Circle. Those wishing to sign Phil’s Memory Book online may do so at

Phil was born March 11, 1934 in St. Joseph to William & Marie (Lambrecht) Frobel.  He graduated from St. Joseph High School, Class of 1952.  On September 22, 1956 he married the former Loraine Hildebrand at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Joseph.

Phil was a meat cutter for fifty-seven years, beginning at A & P and continuing his career at Grau’s in Stevensville, owning the Square Butcher Block in Stevensville, Schneck’s in St. Joseph, and retiring from Roger’s Vineland. He was known for being the “one to go to” for the best meat in town.  He enjoyed sharing this knowledge with his son Doug, working side by side for 35 years.

Phil was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he sang in the choir, served on boards, and was the pitcher for their men’s softball team. He still kept his no-hitter newspaper clipping in his wallet.

As a member of the Lutheran Laymen’s League, he attended Camp Arcadia Men’s Retreats for over 60 years.  In his retirement, he volunteered at Lakeland Medical Center & Fernwood Nature Center.  Phil enjoyed flower gardening and was a member of the Shoreline Garden Club.   Being an avid Michigan Wolverine fan he has probably already rubbed shoulders with Bo Schembechler and broadcaster Bob Ufer and has sung a rousing chorus of “Hail to the Victors”!  He is still cheering for the Tigers this year too as he never missed a game.

Phil is survived by his wife Loraine; his children-Douglas (Bonita) Frobel of St. Joseph, David (Heidi) Frobel of Waterford, MI, Terri (Michael) Rushlow of St. Joseph; six grandchildren-Mallorie, Caitlin, Luke, Samuel, Sean & Madalyn; his brother Donald (Arlene) Frobel of Stevensville; and a large extended family.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his granddaughter Kristen Rushlow, and two brothers-LeRoy & William Frobel.

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