Philip (Phil) Charles Duguid, 66, of Meriden KS, first saw his Savior face-to-face on 19 September 2020. He was born to the late Charles and Edith Duguid in Leavenworth, KS on May 24, 1954, and was raised on the Duguid farm just outside of Boyle, Kansas along with his four sisters who all survive him: Sharon (Matthews), Eileen (Filbert), Joan (Wallace) and Brenda (Kuntz). He graduated from Jefferson County North High School in nearby Winchester in 1972 and received his bachelor’s degrees from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania in 1976.
Those who knew Phil are aware of the impact that Geneva had on his life; his degrees in business and accounting were valuable to his professional life as a self-employed general contractor. Phil also highly valued the Biblical instruction he received at Geneva and the relationships he formed. Music provided an outlet to Phil’s studies, as he joined the college’s travelling choir, the Genevans. While in the Genevans, Phil met his future wife, Eleanor Dennison. They were married on June 20, 1975, and remained in Beaver Falls until Phil finished his education in 1976. Given Geneva’s impact on his life, Phil was proud to serve as a member of its two governing bodies, initially as a member of the Board of Corporators and then as a member of the Board of Trustees until his death.
The church also played a significant role in Phil’s life. He was baptized at the Winchester Reformed Presbyterian Church and would make a profession of faith at the age of 12. When he and Eleanor moved back to Kansas following his graduation from Geneva, the two became members of the Topeka Reformed Presbyterian Church. Phil put his musical talents to use in the church, as he frequently led the singing in the church. He would also serve as a Deacon for 9 years and then as an Elder from 1989 until his death.
Phil grew up helping his father with the livestock, something he continued to do following his return to Kansas. He also joined his father’s construction company, Duguid Construction, and he took over the company following his father’s retirement in 1990. Over the years, Duguid Construction—employing Phil’s son, grandsons, nephews and numerous friends—built and maintained churches, farms, homes, and civic buildings located across Northeast Kansas. Phil also enjoyed the outdoors, including bird hunting and fishing. Finally, in 2014, he started a business raising white-tailed deer.
Along with his sisters, Phil is survived by his loving wife, Eleanor; two children, Rebecca Adams and Timothy; and three grandchildren, Derek, Makara, and Camden Adams.
The visitation will be at the Topeka Reformed Presbyterian Church on Auburn Road in Topeka on Monday, September 28 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Funeral services will be held at Winchester Reformed Presbyterian Church on September 29 at 11:00 am, with a visitation from 10:00 am. The service will also be livestreamed on the Topeka RPCNA Facebook page. He will be interred following the service at the Reformed Presbyterian Cemetery adjacent to the church building. Flowers should be sent to Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home in Topeka. Memorial donations can be made in Phil’s name either to the Topeka Reformed Presbyterian Church, 8345 SW 33rd St., Topeka, KS 66614; or to the Geneva College Bible Department, 3200 College Ave., Beaver Falls, PA 15010.
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