Phillip Metka

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Washington - Phillip E. Metka, 75, of Washington, formerly of Dixon, Ill., died at 8:27 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born Dec. 30, 1938, in Enhaut, Penn., to Joseph and Louise (Bokan) Metka. He married Nancy Cougnet on Feb. 17, 1962, in Baltimore. She survives.

Also surviving are his daughter, Stacey (Jeff) Little of Washington; his son, Dan (Kelly) Metka of Woodstock, Ga.; seven grandchildren, Brittany Metka, Stefanie (Alan) El-Darazi, Jacy Little, Taylor Little, Baylie Little, Lawson Metka and Phillip Metka; one great-granddaughter, Patricia Bick; and two brothers, Jimmy (Lennie) Metka of Philadelphia and Joseph (Emily) Metka of Carlisle, Penn.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Phil received his degree as a Certified Public Accountant from Northern Illinois University.

For 27 years, he served as the CFO for Shaw Newspapers in Dixon, Ill. He retired in 2007.

During his years in Dixon as well as in Washington, he loved to volunteer his time for various community events. He was past president of the Dixon Rotary Club and the Petunia Festival. As a Dixon Rotarian, he earned the Paul Harris Fellow Award. He volunteered at Threads Hope and Love in Washington and was a member of the Washington Rotary Club as well as St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

He was an avid golfer and was a big sports fan in general. He loved spending the winter months on Amelia Island, Fla., and spending time with his family. Phil especially enjoyed following his grandchildren's sporting events.

There will be a funeral Mass for Phil at 10 a.m. Monday, June 2, 2014, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Washington. Father John Steffen will officiate. There will be a visitation from 2 to 4 p.m. today, June 1, 2014, at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington, and one half hour prior to the service at the church. There will be a prayer service at 3:45 p.m. today at the funeral home. Interment will take place in Glendale Cemetery in Washington.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Threads Hope and Love, P.O. Box 52, Washington, IL 61571.

Phil's memorial website may be found at, where condolences may be sent to the family.

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Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory - Washington
2075 Washington Road  Washington, IL 61571
(309) 745-5999
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from May 31 to June 1, 2014
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