CLAYTON, Ill. -- Leslie Delbert Phillips, 90, of Camp Point, formerly of Clayton, died at 11:45 p.m. Friday (Aug. 23, 2013) in Blessing Hospital, Quincy, surrounded by family.
He was born Dec. 20, 1922, in Beverly, a son of John Kyle and Geneva Thelma Miller Phillips. He married Mary Adaline Elizabeth Robertson on May 14, 1943, and they were married for 65 years.
Leslie attended Beverly Grade School, graduated from Payson High School (three-year program) and also graduated from Liberty High School (four-year program). He was always proud of the fact that he had graduated from high school twice. He attended Western Illinois University, where he was on the track and tumbling teams before joining the U.S. Army
during World War II
After the war, Leslie and Mary began farming, eventually moving to their Clayton farm in 1957, where they had a Jersey dairy farm. Mr. Phillips was very active in the Illinois Jersey Breeders Association and held many offices. He was also very active in 4-H, being a 4-H leader for over 25 years. Mr. Phillips showed and helped his 4-H members and children show Jersey cattle for over 60 years at the Adams County Fair.
He loved sports and games, and enjoyed playing baseball, basketball, track and card games. He was an avid baseball fan, especially the St. Louis Cardinals.
Leslie served two terms on the Community Unit District 3 School Board. He was involved in many community activities, including the church board, the Boy Scouts, the American Legion and the Rural Letter Carriers Association. He was a postal carrier in Quincy and the surrounding area, then served as postmaster of Clayton.
Leslie was of the Methodist faith, and he was a member of the Federated Church of Clayton and a former member of the Beverly Methodist Church.
Survivors include three sons, Duane Phillips (Debra) of Golden, Donald Phillips (Karen) of Camp Point and Dennis Phillips of Las Vegas; a daughter, Donna Stock (Dan) of Newton, Wis.; seven grandchildren, Erin Phillips of Bethalto, Amber Ellis of East Alton, Adam LeGette (Taryn) of East Alton, Adam Phillips (Amy) of Pevley, Mo., Alicia LeGette of Gillespie, Katie Phillips of St. Louis and Jacob Phillps of Springfield; six great-grandchildren, Adaline Hendricks of Bethalto, Milla and Isabella LeGette of East Alton, and Erica Neal, Emallee Neal and Taylor LeGette of Gillespie; and many nieces and nephews and their children.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a son, Dean Allen Phillips; a grandson, Zachariah Peter Phillips; a brother, Melvin Phillips; and a sister, Juanita Phillips Perkins.
SERVICES: 10 a.m. Tuesday in Beverly Methodist Church conducted by the Rev. Dixie Croxton. Burial with military honors will follow in Kingston Cemetery.
VISITATION: 4 to 8 p.m. today in the Hamilton Funeral Home, Clayton.
MEMORIALS: Multiple Sclerosis Foundation or the Leslie D. Phillips Memorial Fund.
ARRANGEMENTS: Hamilton Funeral Home, Clayton.