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Johnson, Phillip Osborne Affectionately known as Big Phil, exchanged time for eternity, on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Phil was born, February 9, 1942 in Gary, Indiana. He was the second oldest child born to Henry Osborne and Iola Johnson. Phil accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at the First Church of God, which he attended during his childhood and most of his adult life. In 2008, Phil became a member of Covenant United Church of Christ in South Holland, Illinois where he recommitted his life to God. Phil attended Roosevelt High School and played the saxophone as a member of the band. Phil graduated in 1960. Phil served in the Army as a Military Police Officer from 1965 to 1967. After the military, he worked in the Steel Mill until he was hired as a Gary Fireman where he served diligently for over 20 years. Phil was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Iola Johnson. Phil leaves to mourn his passing, daughter, Angela (Dennis) Wells; son, Phillip Johnson II; stepson, Robert Buchanan; stepdaughter, Arica Buchanan; sisters, Patricia Stacker and Ruth Johnson; brothers, John (Ernestine), George (Aselean) and Leonard Johnson; grandchildren, DaVeyon Johnson, Dejanay Johnson, Phillip and Arric Thomas Darontae Johnson. Also, special family members, Annette Barber, Gloria Hooks, Irma Jean Goinns, Howard Johnson and John Harris; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Visitation Saturday, July 20, 2013 12:00-6:00 pm. Family hour, 5:00-6:00 pm at the Guy & Allen Chapel, 2959 W. 11th Avenue. Viewing at Covenant United Church of Christ, 1130 East 154th Street, South Holland, Illinois Monday, July 22, 2013 10:00-11:00 am with funeral services at 11:00 am officiated by Rev. Dr. Ozzie Smith, Jr. Interment, Evergreen Cemetery, 3815 W. 39th Avenue, Hobart, Indiana 46342.

Published in the Post Tribune on July 17, 2013
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