Wesley Glenn Phillips, age 60, of Galion and formerly of Mount Gilead, died peacefully, Sunday evening, November 24, 2013, at The Ohio State University Ross Heart Hospital following a brief illness.
On May 20, 1953, Wes was born at Morrow County Hospital in Mount Gilead, Ohio, the son of the late Harold Glenn and Beulah Mae (Lucas) Phillips. He was raised in Sparta, and graduated from Highland High School in the Class of 1971, where he excelled in football.
Soon after graduating, Wes married the love of his life, Emily Marie Frye, on March 25, 1972. Together they have cherished their 41 years of marriage, and lovingly raised one son, Wesley Geoffery Phillips.
In 1971, Wes and Emily moved to Galion, Ohio, where he was a diligent worker at the Peabody Plant. He worked there as a welder for over 30 years, until the plant closed, and was a member of their Peabody Breakfast Club. He then worked in production at Burner Systems in Ontario until the plant was closed, and worked at other small businesses until he was no longer able due to his health.
With a love for the outdoors, Wes loved deer hunting, bass fishing in Lake Erie and Knox Lake, bird feeding, and tending to his huge vegetable garden at home. He loved giving his many crops to his family, friends and neighbors every year.
Being raised in a family that loved playing cards, Wes had a knack for any card game he tried. He especially loved playing rummy and euchre, and could remember most every hand of every game they played.
Having "the gift of gab", Wes loved talking to anyone and everyone. He will forever be remembered as hard working, generous, and loyal friend to all.
He will be dearly missed by his wife, Emily Phillips of Galion; his son, Wesley Geoffrey Phillips of Washington, D.C., by one brother and three sisters: Brad Phillips of Mount Gilead, Dinah Phillips of Fulton, Teresa (James) Lupton of Mount Gilead, and Genell (Ed) Ryon of Florida; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law: David (Catherine) Brooks, Curtis (Janet) Frye, Andrew (Sallie) Brookins, Jimmy Brookins, Leah (Dennis) Dice, Jennifer Brookins and Rosa Phillips; several aunts and uncles, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, all of whom were cherished by Wes.
Including his parents, he was preceded in death by two step-mothers: Della Hamilton and Maxine Ann Sterritt Phillips; a brother and a sister: Michael and Jennifer Phillips; his mother-in-law, Helen Marie Brookins; his father-in-law, James Samuel Frye; and a brother-in-law, Joey Brookins.
His family will greet friends from 2 – 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26th, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services honoring his life will follow there at 4:00 p.m., his brother-in-law, David Brooks officiating. A family gathering and meal will be held nearby after services (information to be provided at the service) Burial will take place at a later date in Rivercliff Cemetery in Mount Gilead.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any humane society, or to his family to help with unexpected expenses.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Wes' family and your private condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel
67 North Main Street
Mount Gilead, OH 43338
Published in The Morrow County Sentinel on Nov. 27, 2013