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Ernest E. Phillips, 85

Ernest E. Phillips, 85, a lifelong resident of Rossville, died on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Milner Community Health Care Center in Rossville.

He was born July 30, 1927, in White County, the son of Clarence E. and Anna R. (Decker) Phillips.

On July 18, 1953, he married Rita in Brown County; she passed away July 18, 1992. He later married Janet M. Smith Helm on Aug. 6, 1994; she survives.

Ernest was a 1946 graduate of Rossville High School. He was employed by Purdue University in the physical plant before his retirement in 1989.

Ernest was a member of Zion Chapel. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

In addition to his wife, Ernest is survived by one daughter, Penny (Britt) Cooper, of rural Rossville; three stepdaughters, Kathy (Kevin) Jackson and Cindy (Brian) Beals, all of rural Frankfort, and Donetta (Mike) Miller of rural Rossville; three grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Harold; one stepson, Craig Stanley; and one sister, Beulah Resser.

Visitation for Ernest will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday March 5, at Genda Funeral Home, Rossville Chapel. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, at the funeral home with Pastor Larry Williams officiating.

Burial will follow in Brookston with military honors to be conducted at graveside.

Memorials in Ernest's name may be made to .

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Published in the Journal & Courier from Mar. 2 to Mar. 3, 2013
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