Phyllis A. Gullickson age 96 of Tracy passed away Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Golden Living Center in Slayton. Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 7 at the Tracy Area Funeral Home. Visitation is one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Phyllis Amelia (Kolbe) Gullickson was born in Raymond, Minnesota on January 7, 1919 to Arthur W. and Tillie (Wendland) Kolbe. She attended beauty school in Minneapolis and began a long career as a hairdresser. She followed her parents when they moved to a farm near Garvin in 1939. There she met and married Orville J. Gullickson of Tracy on July 18, 1941. They had one daughter, Karen. After Orville was discharged from the army in 1945, they owned and operated the Neon Inn, expanding the original gas station to include a café and restaurant that held weekly dances. Many well-known old-time musicians entertained at the Neon. During the Neon years, Phyllis established a beauty shop in their home at 675 Third Street, Tracy, which she operated until she retired. She loved helping clients look their best as well as the social aspect of running her “shop.” She was also a member of the VFW and the Tracy United Methodist Church. Phyllis and Orville spent their retirement years alternating between homes in Tracy and Mesa, Arizona. Eventually they abandoned the snowbird life and moved full time to Mesa. There she enjoyed tending her fruit trees and making pies. She also developed an interest in needlework. As the years past they moved permanently back to Tracy.
Besides her husband of 73 years, daughter Karen, and son-in-law John T. Booker of Lawrence, Kansas, she is survived by two brothers, Delbert (wife Betty) and Merrill (wife Norma) Kolbe, both residing in Arizona, and five nieces and nephews. Phyllis was preceded in death by a sister Teresa and a brother Werner Kolbe.