Kansas town remembers “Tonganoxie Phil”

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TONGANOXIE, Kan. — The town of Tonganoxie, Kansas, is in mourning after the death this week of a longtime fixture known by many as "Tonganoxie Phil."

Dr. Phil Stevens, 87, served the community for 60 years, and many of his patients say that he made them feel like family.

"He's an amazing man, he gave a lot to this community," said longtime patient Kay Soetart. "We said he would work right up till he died."

In fact, Dr. Stevens died shortly after celebrating his 60th anniversary as a physician in the town.

He picked up the nickname "Tonganoxie Phil" when he took on weather forecasting along with his doctor duties around 20 years ago.