Anthony Jay Phillips (“Tony”) passed away at his parent’s home on November 4, 2023, at age 44. Born
February 11, 1979, in Black River Falls, he was the only son of Gary Phillips and his then-wife Angie
Tony started his education in Tomah but later moved back to Black River Falls. He graduated from Black
River Falls High School in 1997. During these early years, Tony developed a lifelong affinity for the
outdoors and a desire to explore the world around him. He was very active and outgoing. His circle of
friends often enjoyed iconic Nintendo challenges. Video platforms, then in their infancy compared to
today’s suped-up gaming, were nevertheless new and fun. On the weekends he went skating next door at
the roller rink, where he could do the limbo like a God.
Tony loved to draw, often very imaginative and intricate images. His talent evolved and he became a
skilled tattoo artist. He opened Defiant and later Ink Slinger, tattoo shops in Black River Falls, where he
shared his desire for creative expression. The flesh of many in our community bears witness to his ability
and his passion to please. His talent included several styles, including traditional and realist. He was
always grateful to those who trusted him to provide this service and forged many friendships through the
years with his customers.
Tony had no greater love than his family, including the love of his life, Carlie Bauer. Together they enjoyed
boating, tubing and skiing with her daughter and his children from his earlier marriage with Kate whenever
the opportunity arose. The couple enjoyed motorcycling and traveled to the Sturgis Rally last year.
Children at heart are lovers of life, like Tony. His children, niece, and nephews responded to the jubilant
enthusiasm that he strived to share. He enjoyed attending hockey games and was pleased to count his
growing skaters among accomplished players. He is gone too soon, but the beacon of his love and
laughter will never fade. 
Tony is survived by his father Gary (Patty) Phillips and his mother Angie (Steve) Iverson; his sister Amy
(Travis) Phillips Verken; his children Alyssa Phillips, Kendall Opalewski, Anna Phillips, Ian Phillips, and
Erika Phillips; his nephews Trenton Clark, Thayron Turner, Aiden Gates, Huck Verken, and Daimon
Verken; and his niece Emma Phillips. Tony was preceded in death by his grandparents LeRoy and Verna
Phillips, and August and Patricia Iverson.
Services for Tony will be held at noon on Saturday, November 18, at Family Worship Assembly in Black
River Falls. Friends may call during visitation from 5pm-7pm on Friday, November 17 at Torgerson’s
Funeral Home of Black River Falls, or from 11am Saturday until the start of services at Family Worship.
Torgeron’s Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

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