Phil Fahrlander

Acclaimed music educator, artist, colleague and friend, Phil Fahrlander passed away from this earth Jan. 15, 2020 at his home in Minden.

Very much a modern day Renaissance man, he was an advocate and creator of the arts, passionate for everything from film to literature, not to mention his love for teaching music. 

Born Dec. 20, 1934 in Brule to Ray and Freda Fahrlander, Phil Fahrlander was one of five children and the only son.

Graduating from Nebraska City High School in 1953, he went on to receive his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Peru State College and Kearney State College.

Phil was united in marriage to Nadine Adcock on July 26, 1959 in Peru.

After 38 years of public school teaching, he retired in 1997, where he spent his retirement with the three things he loved most in life, his wife, his art, and his antique cars.

A majority of his teaching career was spent in Minden, where he was responsible for building one of the outstanding band programs in the state at the time. He also taught music in Diller and North Loup Scotia before moving to Minden. Affectionately called “Mr. F” or even “Dad” by his students, Phil was a strong advocate for his students and was proud to be their band director. In addition to teaching band, Phil also taught English, humanities, music theory, and was in charge of the high school gifted program. 

Phil’s family at the time of passing is his wife, Nadine;sons, Eric and Jeff; daughters-in-law, Julie and Lisa; grandchildren, Stephan, Rae, Emma, Jacob, Olivia, and Hannah; great grandchildren, Henry, Stella, Clementine, and Adalynn. 

He is survived by his sister, Rebecca and preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Freda; and sisters, Elinor, Marcy, and Judy. 

Funeral services were held at the United Methodist Church in Minden on Sunday, Jan. 19.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to establish a scholarship for MHS students planning to major in music education.

Interment of cremains will be at a later date.

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Craig Funeral Home in Minden was in charge of arrangements.