Thomas D. Phillips

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Thomas D. Phillips, 79, of Vowinckel, Pa., died early Sunday morning at the VNA Inpatient Hospice in Butler.
Born on Dec. 24, 1933, in Brook-ville, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Cherico Phillips.
He married the former Barbara Ann Geyer on Aug. 3, 1957, and she preceded him in death on Sept. 12, 2009.
Tom served with the U.S. Marine Corp. from 1955 to 1959.
Tom retired as a union painter in the Butler area. He and his wife owned and operated The Vowinckel Hotel in Vowinckel for 24 years. He enjoyed playing the famous "Mr. Peanut."
Tom was a member of the St. Mary Church in Crown and a member of the St. Hubert Council of Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Vowinckel Hunting Club.
Mr. Phillips is survived by his two sons and his two daughters, David Phillips of Butler, Joseph Phillips and his wife, Celeste, of Butler, Melinda Bernardi and her husband, David, of Turtlepoint and Melissa Kane of Coudersport. He is also survived by his companion, Donna Mensch of Marienville. In addition, he is survived by his 12 grandchildren, his five great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Phillips was preceded in death by his son, Thomas V. Phillips; his seven sisters, Gertrude Mortimer, Jeanette Morgan, Josephine Zaccari, Sally Wojtaszek, Frances McClellan, Mary Majetic and Nora Carpin; and his two brothers, Joseph Phillips and James Phillips.
PHILLIPS - The visitation for the friends and family of Thomas D. Phillips, who died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Borland Funeral Home in Leeper. Additional visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Geibel Funeral Home, 201 E. Cunningham St., Butler.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at the St. Fidelis Roman Catholic Church, 125 Buttercup Road, Meridian. The Rev. James Murphy, pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow in Butler County Memorial Park.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Butler VNA Hospice or the Clarion-Forest VNA.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at


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Geibel Funeral Home
201 E Cunningham St Butler, PA 16001
(724) 287-2123
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Published in Butler Eagle on Nov. 19, 2013
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