Phillip J Brummel, 66, of Punta Gorda, FL passed away on June 24, 2020 in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. He was surrounded by his family.
Phil was born in Kansas City, MO to Harold Richard Brummel and Mary Catherine (Huerter) Brummel on October 1, 1953. He graduated from Archbishop O’Hara High school in 1971 and the University of Missouri at Kansas City with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in accounting.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 27 years, Susan Forward; beloved children, Adam Brummel (Mika), Kathryn Gratza, Kristen Roder (Philip), Amanda Kunish and Dan Brummel (Kortney); granddaughters Halle, Reagan, Alexandria and Nora; his parents; siblings Dick (Jane), Mark (Carolyn), David (Denise), Michael (Diane) and Patricia; eight nephews and nieces and their families. He is preceded in death by his son, Benjamin Brummel.
Phil worked 32 years as a CPA for BKD CPAs & Advisors, including 21 years as a partner. During his career he was the leader of BKD’s Kansas City healthcare practice and significantly contributed to the overall growth of that practice and the entire Kansas City office. Phil was admired by his partners for the way he passionately served his clients at the highest level. Phil was also a tremendous mentor for his team members and always took the time to develop them into stronger trusted business advisors. There are many individuals at BKD today that were coached by Phil and ultimately became partners and leaders in the firm. He greatly enjoyed his work and relationships with his clients. Phil took an innovative and positive approach with his consulting clients, always looking for a way to succeed.
Phil started working in a mail order pharmacy at age 14. He worked there until graduating from college. He was a pharmacist assistant, shipping clerk, computer operator and ultimately the manager of the computer department working as a programmer. One of his big accomplishments was computerizing the accounting system for the company. Here he developed his interest and skills in computers and accounting.
Phil was very active in his children’s lives, attending many sporting events and making a lot of Hamburger Helper and Bisquick pancakes. He would “check” the brakes on the car if he had all the kids in it, knowing they would get a kick out of it. And he was always planning some adventure for everyone like goofy day trips to the Jesse James hideout or similar destinations. The family had fun-filled vacations together, including St Louis, Kentucky, the Virgin Islands, Utah and Arizona houseboat trips, Disney, and Mexico.
Phil enjoyed traveling, particularly car trips throughout the United States and the national parks and presidential museums. Phil was a proud American and had great respect for our country.
After retirement, Phil developed a woodworking hobby and had a blast making things for his family. His granddaughters loved their homemade play kitchens and sandboxes. Phil spent a lot of time reading and really enjoyed it. He also had a love for old cars that he shared with two of his brothers. Most recently they bought his all-time favorite car, a 1972 Monte Carlo, which he loved to drive.
Phil was very positive in his personal life. He only saw the best in everyone and always anticipated good outcomes. He would do anything to help his family in any way he could. If he didn’t know the answer to a question, he would research it. He was a kind and loving man. Phil had a limitless capacity to love. His love and unwavering support meant the world to his family and they are the richer for it. Phil did not give up on anyone and tried to give people the tools to make good decisions. Phil’s family is extremely close, spending time together, in person and by phone, video call or text. He was always so tickled to hear of the kids getting together. Phil was so proud of his children and wanted only the best for them. He especially loved spending time with his four granddaughters and would talk endlessly about them. He started conversations with, “did you hear about…”. Phil loved his family.
Phil was sought out for his advice and counsel and was a valuable source of wisdom for many. He had a close relationship with his brothers who also valued his wisdom and foresight. Phil was very proud of his nieces and nephews. His family, parents, brothers, and sisters in law, along with the extended family of Brummel’s are very proud of Phil and will miss him dearly.
A visitation is scheduled from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. A Mass of Christian Burial will be private at Our Lady Of Presentation Catholic Church in Lee’s Summit. Interment will be at Floral Hills East Cemetery in Lee’s Summit.
Memorial donations may be made to Hillcrest Hope, Folds of Honor or the Wounded Warrior Project.