John R. Phillips

Born: Fri., Oct. 16, 1931
Died: Mon., Jul. 8, 2019


9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, Fri., Jul. 12, 2019
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Jul. 12, 2019
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

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John R. Phillips, age 87, of Detroit, IL passed away on Monday, July 8, 2019 at The Villas of South Park in Chatham, IL.  He was born on October 16, 1931 in rural Detroit, IL to Loren and Sarah Murphy Phillips.  He married Marion Leahr on March 21, 1954 at Detroit Christian Church and she survives.

John graduated from Griggsville High School in 1949 and went on to attend Western Illinois University.  He left school to return home to help on the family farm before being drafted into the United States Army.  While serving in the US Army, John fought in the Korean Conflict and earned a Purple Heart for his honorable service.  After his honorable discharge from the US Army, he returned home and began farming.  He raised purebred Hampshire hogs with his brother, Joe, holding more than 50 production sales. John was a member of the Detroit Christian Church, becoming a member when he was baptized in 1954.  He served as an Elder for the church for 52 years starting in 1967.  He was also a member of the Pork Producers and Pike County Farm Bureau.  He served on the Pike County Water District Board, Pikeland School Board, and the Detroit Town Board and election board.  He also served as Treasurer on the Blue River Cemetery board for many years.  John enjoyed collecting coins, farming, and loved John Deere equipment.  He was a well-respected, wise, and hardworking man who dearly loved his family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Marion; sons, Jack (Rebecca) Phillips of Lebanon, IL and David (Angela) Phillips of Lee’s Summit, MO; daughters, Barbara (Mark) Ringler of New Berlin, IL and Sarah (James) Baker of Pittsfield, IL; ten grandchildren, John (Sylvia) Phillips of Mascoutah, IL, Joseph Phillips of Lebanon, IL, Jared Phillips of Lebanon, IL, Corban (Caitlin) Phillips of Kansas City, MO, Noah Phillips of Lee’s Summit, MO, Enoch Phillips, of Lee’s Summit, MO, Jeff Lacey of Pittsfield, IL, Ben (Sarah) Lacey of Alexander, IL, Dan (Casey Dilley) Lacey of New Berlin, IL, and Faith Baker of Pittsfield, IL; two great grandchildren, Jameson Lacey and Juliana Lacey, both of Pittsfield, IL; two sisters, Betty Bradshaw of Quincy, IL and Hazel Seeds of Paddock Lake, WI; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Loren and Sarah Phillips; brothers, Floyd Phillips, Fred Phillips, and Joe Phillips; and sisters, Helen Stephenson, Vivian Hastings, Ada Cadwell, Mary Bradshaw, and Eva Willard.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield.  Interment will follow at Blue River Cemetery near Detroit, IL.  Visitation will be held prior to the service on Friday from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM at the funeral home. There will be a dinner for friends and family after the burial at Detroit Township Hall.  Memorials are suggested to Detroit Christian Church or Blue River Cemetery.  Online condolences may be left to the family at  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Blue River Cemetery
Detroit, IL

Detroit Christian Church

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Marcia Wells
   Posted Tue July 09, 2019
Marian, Barb, Jack, Sarah and David,
So very sorry for your loss. What wonderful memories you must have. Praying that they will bring peace during this time of loss. Your family has been a blessing to many. So grateful to have known John. Prayers, Marcia and Barney Wells

Patricia Lightle Smith
   Posted Wed July 10, 2019
I wish to express my sympathy to John's family. We have never met but I am a second cousin to John. His Dad's Mother died when She was 40 and my Grandmother (Annie Ellis Hammerton) raised him and Aunt Dale Doland along with my Mother (Lois Hammerton Lightle), Mae Hammerton Benson and Phillip Gay Hammerton. Your parents were fine people and as a young child I did know them. Since I live in Quincy I have seen Betty Bradshaw for a nice visit.

Joe and Susan Thomson
   Posted Fri July 12, 2019
Dear Marion, Jack, Barb,Sarah, David,
We were sorry to hear about your Loss and yet celebrate your husband/dad's waking up in the Lord's presence. He Loved the Lord and lived his life as an example of Christ and his love. He touched our lives so much and loved him for teaching and leading us to love the Lord more. May you be comforted with all the wonderful memories of your dad's life and the love he showed to all of you. We are sorry that we could not be there to celebrate and remember his life together with all. Prayers continue for God's comfort and help to all of you.
Love, Joe and Susan

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