Phillip J. Vasquez, 86, of North Platte, formerly of Sutherland, died April 12, 2019, at Great Plains Health.

Phillip was born on May 1, 1932, in Garden City, Kansas, to Catalino and Josephine (Perez) Vasquez.

Phillip grew up in Sutherland and worked at various farms and ranches in the area. On June 4, 1953, he married Betty Boyer in North Platte. The couple made their home in Sutherland. Phillip hired out with the Union Pacific where he was “Mr. Switch” with the maintenance of way department. He retired from Union Pacific in 2002.

He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, and Knights of Columbus No. 1211. Phillip loved people and never knew a stranger, always giving out caramels to everyone he met. He loved and was loved by his wife and children, but had a special place in his heart for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who could do no wrong in his eyes.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Phillip Jr.; grandchildren, Jared and Janet Beranek; sisters Frances and Caroline; and brothers, John, Leu and Mike.

Survivors include his wife, Betty, of North Platte; two children, Lew Sr. (Julie) Vasquez of Paxton and Josephine (James) Beranek of North Platte; three grandchildren, Jason (Tia) Vasquez of Cleveland, Ohio, Lew Jr. (Joann) Vasquez of Paxton and Justin (Jamie) Vasquez of Topeka, Kansas; eight great-grandchildren, Mary, Sara, Emma, Caden, Keeley, Reece, Miley and Micha; a sister, Lucita Goodnight, of North Platte; two brothers, Vern (Wanda) Vasquez of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Catalino (Nancy) Vasquez of Sutherland; a sister-in-law, Ruby Vasquez, of Scottsbluff; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A memorial has been established and online condolences can be made at

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, at St. Patrick Catholic Church with the Rev. Matthew Nash as celebrant. Inurnment will be at Riverview Cemetery near Sutherland. Christian wake services will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Register book signing will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.

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