Anthony Raymond Phillipich

Anthony Raymond Phillipich Delta Twp. Anthony Raymond (Tony) Phillipich, 93, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed peacefully into eternity with the Lord on January 25th, surrounded by his loving family. Tony is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Lorraine Bombick, sons James (Linda) of Haslett, John (Karen) of Dewitt, Marty (Val) of Delta Township, Ray (Debbie) of Delta Township, and daughter Mary (Dean) Connors of O'Fallon, Illinois. Tony was the proud grandfather of 11 grandchildren - Craig Phillipich of Haslett, Ann (Mike) Farhat of Laingsburg, Mike (Emily) Phillipich of Ypsilanti, Andrea (James) Brown of Houston, TX, Erica (Brian) Pillar of East Lansing, Daniel Phillipich of East Lansing, Jamie Phillipich of Grand Rapids, Steven Phillipich of Kalamazoo, Kristen Phillipich of Dewitt, and Anthony and Andrew Connors of O'Fallon, Illinois, and great grandfather of 6 - Madison and Cameron Phillipich, John Patrick Brown, Sevren Farhat, and Claire and Lauryn Phillipich. Mr. Phillipich was preceded in death by his parents John and Johanna Filipsic' of Elcor, Minnesota, and all eleven siblings - sisters Ann Chandler, Mary Phillipich, Johanna Thibault, Katherine Jones, Helen Blessner, and Ceclia Pendleton Crandall, and brothers - Nick Phillips, and John, Albert, August and Leonard Phillipich. Tony grew up in Elcor, a small mining town on the Iron Range in northern Minnesota. He graduated from Gilbert High School in 1937, and attended Virginia Community College prior to graduating from the Michigan College of Mining and Technology in 1941 with a degree in Civil Engineering. While at Michigan Tech, Tony played two years of ice hockey as a left wing for the Huskies. Upon graduation, Mr. Phillipich went to work in Lansing for the Michigan Department of State Highways (today - MDOT) in June of 1941. In February of 1942, he accepted a commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy, first serving as a construction engineer at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for the destroyer USS Shubrick, then as a landingcraft inspector in New Orleans, then finally serving in the Phillipine Islands in the South Pacific. At the end of World War II, Mr. Phillipich resumed his career with the Highway Dept., working in various design sections, before retiring from the State after 37 years as the director of the Utilities and Permits Division. Upon his retirement, the department honored him with a roadside park on M-20 in Oceana County at Zeek Lake, near New Era. Mr. Phillipich was a member of the State of Michigan Board of Professional Engineers, and was a life member of the State Employees Retirement Association. Tony was a devout member of Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Lansing from 1949 until 1966, then moved to St. Gerard parish in Delta Township, where he was a member until his death. He was a 55 year member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 788. Celebration of the Funeral Mass will take place Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 10:30 a.m. at St. Gerard Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Pieter VanRooyen as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends, Tuesday, January 29, 2013, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Palmer, Bush & Jensen Family Funeral Home, Delta Chapel where a rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St.Gerard, per Mr. Phillipich's wishes. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.palmerbush.com.

Funeral Home

Palmer Bush & Jensen Family Funeral Homes Delta Chapel - Lansing
6020 W. Saginaw Hwy.  Lansing, MI 48917

Published in Lansing State Journal from Jan. 28 to Jan. 29, 2013