Philip Wilt

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VAN NUYS, Calif., — Philip W. Wilt, 93, of Van Nuys, California, formerly of Anna, Ohio, passed away on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at the California Rehab Center in Van Nuys.

He was born on July 23, 1923 in Sidney, Ohio, the son of Albert and Fredonia (Wessel) Wilt.

Philip was a graduate of Anna High School, class of 1941. He served in the US Army during World War II, attached to Battery B 515th Field Artillery Battalion, and was fighting in Germany when the war ended. After the war, Philip joined his father and brother in the family business, A. P. Wilt and Sons IGA in Anna, Ohio. After the store burned down in 1968, he bought Wiford's Jewelry Store in Sidney. Philip eventually moved to California in 1975, where he continued to work in the jewelry business until his retirement in 2003.

Philip is survived by his son-in-law, Harold E. Withey Jr. of St. Charles, Illinois; granddaughter, Laura M. (Peter J.) Watkins and great-grandchildren, Campbell, Mae and Seth Watkins of Winona, Minnesota; grandson, Brian E. (Jamie) Withey and great-grandchildren, Derek P. and Noa Cynthia Withey of Lincolnwood, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his brother, Arthur (Maxine Billing) Wilt; sister, Barbara (Lee) Elsass; son, Eric Wilt and daughter, Cynthia Withey. Phil was loved by all and will be greatly missed in the years to come.

Philip was a long-time member of St. Jacob Lutheran Church in Anna, where a Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held in the Spring. His body was interred at Pearl Cemetery in Swanders. Arrangements are in the care of Cromes-Edwards Funeral Home, 302 S. Main Ave.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Heiland Post #446 or The National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Philip's memory. Condolences may be expressed to the Wilt family at the funeral home's website,

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Cromes Funeral Home Inc
302 S. Main Ave.
Sidney, OH 45365
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Published in Sidney Daily News from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2017
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