Philip L. Bleich, 71, Columbus, passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at his home.

Phil was born Feb. 7, 1946, the son of Harold and Ethel (Brewer) Bleich. He was a 1964 graduate of Columbus High School. Phil married Diane Helwig on June 13, 1970. He was employed with Enerpac in Columbus for 45 years until his retirement in 2011.

Phil enjoyed traveling, especially to Las Vegas, Eagle River and Wisconsin Dells with his family. He enjoyed watching and attending NASCAR and other races and was an avid Badgers, Packers and Brewers fan. Phil loved drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon and buying and talking cars.

Phil is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Diane of Columbus; his son, Bruce (Marcie) Bleich of Beaver Dam; his grandchildren, Brittany (fiancé Jordan Rasmussen) Bleich and Thomas Bleich; his brother, Donald Bleich of Columbus; his mother-in-law, Veronica Helwig of Columbus; brother-in-law David (Ann) Helwig; sister-in-law Pamela (Trent) Williams; his nephew, Donnie Bleich; his niece, Lori Tesch; very special friends, Howard and Sue Weissmann; as well as other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial gathering will be held at the United Methodist Church in Columbus, Friday, Oct. 20, from 1 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 3 p.m. The Rev. Kim Brumm will officiate. A private family entombment will take place at Oakwood Cemetery in Beaver Dam.

Phil’s family extends special thanks to the Poser Clinic, UW Hospital, Columbus Hospital and Agrace HospiceCare.

Koepsell-Zeidler Funeral Home in Columbus is serving the family. Visit koepsellfh.com.