SPRINGFIELD, MO — During his limited working years at Market Fresh Produce LLC, the late Tyler Phipps became a mentor to his father, Steve Phipps, who remembered the son he adored at a June 24 dinner at the Metro Grill, here.
The dinner, which hosted 77 friends and industry supporters, was a lead-in to the June 25 Tyler Phipps Memorial Golf Tournament. Steve and Vickie Phipps created the event to raise scholarship money for high school and college students participating in athletics. Tyler was a standout baseball player for Ozark High School in Ozark, MO. He turned down college scholarships in baseball to wrestle in college. Tyler was a three-time conference champion as a high school wrestler and a state qualifier. He wrestled on scholarships at York College in York, NE, and was able to go and compete at division 2 nationals twice.
Debbi Thompson of The Produce News golfed with Market Fresh executives Bob Stevenson, Jeff Jones and Mark Cassius.
Jeremy Krall of Market Fresh.
Katie Newcomb and Karen Flores of Market Fresh.
Mike Kemp, director of the Tyler Phipps Memorial Golf Tournament.
In a bittersweet evening, Steve Phipps, flanked by his wife, Vickie Phipps, spoke at the June 24 dinner preceding the Tyler Phipps Memorial Golf Tournament.
The best friends of the late Tyler Phipps: Timmy Vernatti, Kerry Holmes and Derek Carter.
Tony O’Driscoll and Damien Yank of Sev-Rend Corp.
Golfers participating in the Tyler Phipps Memorial Golf Tournament gather before tee-off on June 25. The event was held at the Fremont Hills Country Club, near Springfield, MO.
Tyler Phipps was 29 years old when he went bow hunting alone late in the day on Sept. 24, 2014. He fell from his hunting perch in a tree. Steve Phipps indicated that Tyler was so mature and of such high character that the father saw the son as a mentor.
“He lived life to the fullest. He liked to give to others,” Steve Phipps said. Steve Phipps said the Tyler Phipps Memorial Scholarship Foundation had raised about $83,000 going into the late June event. One hundred percent of that money is given to high school or college students to boost their education.