Phillip H. Graham

Born: Tue., Jun. 29, 1943
Died: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Feb. 25, 2019
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Tue., Feb. 26, 2019
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

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Phillip Hugh Graham, age 75, of Milton, IL passed away Thursday evening, February 21, 2019 at the Barry Community Care Center. Phil was born June 29, 1943, the middle son of Hugh and Wilma Smith Graham.  

Phil graduated from East Pike High School in 1961 and began farming with his father and brother Jim. He married Elaine Kessler in Clay County, Illinois on November 1, 1964. Phil farmed all of his life near Milton. He and his son, Danny, raise Angus cattle on the family farm formerly operated by his Uncle Manley Hoover. Phil loved Pike County and especially the Village of Milton. He served on the Milton Board of Trustees and he helped with and supported all community events. Phil was also active in the Pike County Democrats, Greenpond Cemetery board and Pike County Quail Unlimited. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially with his son, grandsons, nephew John Graham, and “the Ghrist boys.” He delighted in watching his grandson’s play sports and show their Graham Angus Farm steers at the Pike County 4-H Show. He was a Green Bay Packer and St Louis Cardinal fan.  

Phil is survived by his wife Elaine, a daughter Karrie (Mike) Spann, a son Danny (Jenny) Graham, grandson’s Jayson Spann, and Phillip and Taylor Graham, brother’s Jim (Melva) Graham and John (Jeannie) Graham, and beloved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a niece, Jan Graham Cashen.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield.  Interment will follow at Greenpond Cemetery and a dinner will be held after at the Milton Community Center.  Visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Monday, February 25, 2019 at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Milton Community Center or the Milton Ballpark.  Online condolences may be left to the family at  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Phillip's memory to the following organizations:

Milton Ball Park

Milton Community Center

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Jill DeWolf
   Posted Sat February 23, 2019
Danny, Jenny, Phillip and Taylor - We are so very sorry for your loss. We will not be able to be at the visitation/funeral, but wanted to let you know you all are in our thoughts. Jill and Chad

John Attig
   Posted Sat February 23, 2019
Danny-Jean and I are sorry to hear of the passing of your father. We’ be thinking of you and your family during these tough times.

John & Jean Attig
Oak Lawn IL

Bruce Leahy
   Posted Sat February 23, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Graham Family.

Bruce and Rhonda Leahy

Janice Swartz
   Posted Sat February 23, 2019
He will be missed . I am sorry fir your loss.

Kris Bridges
   Posted Sat February 23, 2019
To all the members of the Graham family, I am so sorry for you loss (and the village of Milton’s loss.) Phil was such a kind, caring, and funny man. I have good memories of him from as far back as I can remember from my childhood. His stopping by to visit with my dad and grandma as he drove his tractor by at my grandma’s house, running into him at the Milton restaurant and listening to him and my dad bantering back and forth, his great sense of humor ... He really will by missed. Kris (Sanderson) Bridges

Rick Toumbs
   Posted Sun February 24, 2019
Was so sorry to hear about Phil! Thoroughly enjoyed talking with Phil at our Democratic meeting and fish fries in New Canton. He was the pork chop king! Having moved to Chatham I didn’t know of his failing health. Thoughts and prayers will be with you guys. Rick T

Jeff Bristow
   Posted Sun February 24, 2019
Condolences to the Graham family. The community of Milton will dearly miss this great man, but the heavens shall rejoice. My childhood was blessed with the presence of Phil in my life. I shall always be grateful for knowing such a great man, a great family. Thoughts and prayers to the Graham Family.

Mary Ruble
   Posted Sun February 24, 2019
To all of Phil’s family - word came today by text from Philip of Phil’s passing as he knew our family considered him a great guy & friend. Phil leaves a large place for someone to fill around Milton. He was a friend to all. He loved helping our Carrie with her horse. I’m sorry to hear of his passing but he no longer has pain & misery. Thinking of you all in this great loss.

Judy Guthrie
   Posted Mon February 25, 2019
Phil will be greatly missed. My prayers go out to the family.

Darren Smith
   Posted Mon February 25, 2019

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So sorry for your loss. We pray for God’s peace for your family. The Darren Smith Family.

Dave & Gina Bryant
   Posted Mon February 25, 2019
Well done good and faithful servant. A good man has gone home to be with the Lord. Phil was a blessing to all !

Bonnie Casteel Long
   Posted Mon February 25, 2019
Elaine, Karrie, Danny and all your extended families,
my heartfelt sympathy at this sad time. Phil will be missed by many. He was friendly and pleasant anytime we crossed paths. My hope is for you all to have warm and comforting memories as you pass thru these days of emotion and stress.
I pray for you the love of God, Family and friends will give you the strength to sustain you now and in the days ahead.
So Sincerely,

Crystal Goodfliesh
   Posted Mon February 25, 2019
I grew up in Milton as Crystal Bollman. I have very fond memories of Phil. I know that each of you have your own special memories to hold on to and I hope that can help you through this time in your life.
My sincerest condolences.


Tim & Nancy Halpin
   Posted Mon February 25, 2019
We are so sorry to know of Phil's passing and send you our heartfelt sympathies. We enjoyed knowing him.

Sandy & Stan Smith
   Posted Tue February 26, 2019
To the Graham family, our prayers and thoughts are with you during this time, Phil will be missed by all.

Terry & Beth (Long) Smith
   Posted Tue February 26, 2019
Elaine and family. So very sorry to hear of Phil's passing. He was a very special man and was a blessing to all that knew him. Sincerest Sympathy Terry & Beth 24

Butgess Grubbs
   Posted Tue February 26, 2019
So sorry to hear this news. Phil was several grades behind me in Milton, but I knew him and the family. Bless you all. A better day is coming

Janette Swartz-Porter
   Posted Tue February 26, 2019
I am sorry to hear of Phil’s passing. I will always remember how he helped me show my horse in 4-H. He helped me learn how to position my horse for the judges. He would also help me trim her up and get her “show” ready. He was surprised at how well she would stand for us while we were trimming her. She would hold her head down low for us while we trimmed her ears. He said he had never had a horse do that before. He couldn’t believe how calm she was. My prayers are with his family.

Deb Ghrist
   Posted Wed February 27, 2019
What a great guy Phil was! He shaped so many lives and mentored so many others......he made a real difference, probably more than he ever realized. I always enjoyed talking with him whether it be sporting events or family gatherings. He will be greatly missed! The flu prevented me from the visitation/funeral but I am thinking of you. Prayers for all of you.

Zola and Vic Boston
   Posted Sat March 02, 2019
In this tie of loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Elaine. May your precious memories ease the pain.

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