1938 - 2021
Donald Dean Phillips, age 83 years, passed away Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at his home in McLeansboro, IL. Don was born on January 9, 1938 in Hamilton County, IL, the son of Ocean and Italene (Smith) Phillips.
Don graduated from McLeansboro High School in 1956 and joined the United States Air Force immediately following graduation. He also married his high school sweetheart, Lois Jean (Johnson) in 1956. They recently celebrated their 64 th wedding anniversary. After serving in the Air Force for 8 years, Don and Lois returned home to McLeansboro, where Don began working for the Postal Service and he retired in 1999, after 25 years of service. He was also employed by Horace Mann Insurance and Country Companies.
Don was an active member of the Belle Rive Church of Christ for over 20 years. He and his wife Lois enjoyed spending their summers working with the church at Little Egypt Christian Youth Camp located in Dahlgren, IL. Outside of his career and church, Don was an avid hunter and spent his free time deer and quail hunting.
Don is survived by his wife Lois Phillips; three children, Darryl Phillips and wife Debbie, David Phillips and Darren Phillips and companion Malissa Hopper; four grandchildren; Heather Stoltzfus (Dustin), Cejay Hybbert (Austin), Dalton Phillips and Kolton Phillips; eight great-grandchildren; brother Mike Phillips of North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ocean and Italene Phillips and brother Bob Phillips.
Memorials in memory of Don are requested for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL
Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Friday, April 9, 2021 followed by the Funeral service at 12:00 noon at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL. Burial will follow at I.O.O.F. Veterans Cemetery, McLeansboro, IL with Pastor Jason Adams officiating.
Harre Funeral Home of McLeansboro, IL is in charge of arrangements. Social distancing and face coverings are requested.