Tyrell Curtis Phipps, age 21, of Jordan passed away Monday, November 16, 2015 near Bozeman, Montana as a result of an auto accident on his way to work at the National Finals Rodeo.
Tyrell was born in Billings, Montana on August 25, 1994, the son of Tony Curtis and Mindy Lucille (Olson) Phipps. He grew up and attended schools in Jordan where he graduated from high school in 2013. Following his schooling, he worked on the family ranch and also worked for the Brown, Bill Dutton, Dave Dutton, Tim Weyer, Mark Johnson, Blue Ridge Ranches, and helped anyone that asked.
In July of 2015, Tyrell became engaged to Raina Johnson, the love of his life; his mother asked him how long he had been in love with Raina, and he replied, “Um, I’ll be 21 on Tuesday, so 21 years.”
Tyrell loved his family! His mom and sisters were the main recipients of his tender heart. Tyrell was always willing to help his sisters with their school projects, and never got mad if they borrowed his stuff without asking. He was his dad’s shadow from the time he could walk. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved spending time with his dad and cousins snowmobiling, ice fishing, and hunting or trapping. He was always willing to lend a helping hand and give a hug at the same time. He paid special attention to children; they loved him and considered him their best buddy. He was known by all for his big hugs, kind nature, and gentle smile; he was everybody’s friend. He loved to tell stories and we are sure he is in Heaven telling stories as we speak.
Tyrell loved ranching and rodeo and was actively involved in it from an early age. He was currently working for Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. He was headed down early to set up for the Rodeo and then work during the Rodeo. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Jordan.
Tyrell is survived by his parents Tony and Mindy Phipps of Jordan, MT; three sisters: Tia Phipps of Sayre, PA; Tarissa Phipps of Jordan, MT; and Tierney Phipps of Jordan, MT; his fiancé Raina Johnson of Sand Springs, MT; his grandparents: Curtis & Flossie Phipps of Brusett, MT; and Wanda Lou Olson of Billings, MT; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Edwin Clyde Olson.
Visitation will be held on Friday, November 20, 2015 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Jordan. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Garfield County District High School Gymnasium in Jordan. Interment will follow in the Pioneer Cemetery at Jordan. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Jordan is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Jordan Ranch Rodeo.