George Howard Phillips, 97, of Newton passed away at 12:54 a.m. Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at the Newton Care Center surrounded by his family.
Funeral services celebrating George's life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Crain Funeral Home, Newton, with the Rev. Brad Harper officiating. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of service Saturday, Aug. 5, at the funeral home. Burial will be in the West Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery with military rites by Jasper Post No. 20 of the American Legion. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either the HSHS Hospice of Southeastern Illinois or to the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society. Online condolences may be offered at www.crainfuneral.com.
George was a lifetime farmer of Jasper County, Illinois. His farming career began at the age of three years old, helping his father. He enlisted into the U.S. Army serving four years during World War II. Upon discharge from the Army on Feb. 19, 1946, he managed to buy a farm and home and to marry the love of his life, Winnie Ruth Boxley, just 34 days after his honorable discharge. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Winnie Phillips of Newton.
George, the son of Howard and Mable Marie (Wheat) Phillips, was born on Jan. 1, 1920, at home in Jasper County.
He was a father to three daughters who survive, Karen Nebergall of Casey, Marsha Phillips of Carmel, IN, and Patti (Marshall) Finley of Edgewood. George was the grandfather to one granddaughter Brenda; four great-grandchildren, CaSandra, Zachary, Andrew and Roland; five great-great-grandsons, Carson, Ayden, Daniel, Koda and Isaiah; and a great-great-granddaughter, Abigail Rose, arriving in November of 2017.
George was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Marie Phillips; twin sisters and brother-in-laws, Freda (Malcolm) Thomas and Cleda (Forrest) Long; brother and sister-in-law, Harry Dale (Doris) Phillips; and son-in-law, Tilford Nebergall.
Published on July 28, 2017