GILSON - James E. Phillips, 62, of Gilson, Ill., passed away Friday, June 20, 2014, at his home.
He was born on Sept. 15, 1951, in Mansfield, Ohio, the son of James R. and Dorothy Belle Stroble Phillips. He married Victoria Lynn Rhoads on May 15, 1987, in Pekin, Ill. She survives and lives in Gilson, Ill.
Also surviving are his children, Misty (Martin) Adriaanse of Marana, Ariz., Samantha Thurman of Peoria, Ill., and Libby Phillips of Gilson, Ill.; and his stepson, Steve Bodine of Wichita, Kan. His grandchild, Gavin Marinich, survives and lives in Creve Coeur, Ill. Also surviving are his siblings, Don (Louise) Phillips of Mansfield, Ohio, Karen (Phillip) Leamon of Shelby, Ohio, Wendy (Vince) Schag of Mansfield, Ohio, and Steve (Estelle) Phillips of Goodyear, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He graduated from Mansfield High School.
James worked for the Sherex Chemical Co. and later, Evonic Industries, as a reactor operator, where he retired after 30 years of service. He later became an owner/operator truck driver.
He enjoyed racing motorcycles.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Orange Chapel United Methodist Church in rural Gilson, Ill. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the church. The Rev. Sue Bryce will be officiating the services. Burial will be held at the Cook Cemetery in rural Maquon, Ill.
Memorials may be made to the Orange Chapel United Methodist Church.
The Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home in Knoxville is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be sent to www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.
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