Phillip Dean Cleveland (1943 - 2019)

  • "So sorry for the family's loss. No words can ever express..."
    - John

LANCASTER – Mr. Phillip Dean Cleveland, 75, formerly of Bennington and Burr Oak, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at Piedmont Medical Center.
He was born March 8, 1943, in Junction City, Kan., a son of the late Shelby Cleveland and Ruth Breen Cleveland and the husband of Joan Arlene Cleveland.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Nancy Joy Lott Cleveland, who passed away March 12, 2001.
Mr. Cleveland enjoyed woodworking, golfing, riding in his little red truck, telling stories and socializing, and was very involved in the community. He served as commissioner of the Lancaster County Soil and Water Conservation District. Mr. Cleveland was a lifetime member and was elected as state chaplin of the Elks Association in Nebraska and was also a Mason. He was a barber at Planters Arcade Barber Shop from 1962 to 1965, and in Burr Oak and Esbon, Kan., from 1965 to 1970. After his career as a barber he became the owner of Cleveland Grocery. He was the manager of the Pizza Hut in Lancaster for 30 years. He enjoyed sports and was a referee for many basketball and football games in Nebraska and Kansas. Mr. Cleveland was a member of Taylors Grove Baptist Church where he also served as a deacon.
Mr. Cleveland is survived by his wife of nine years, Joan Arlene Cleveland; two sons, Doug Cleveland (Barbara) of Concord, N.C., and Dan Cleveland of Burr Oak, Kan.; a stepdaughter, Brenda Adams (Rick) of Fort Lawn; five grandchildren, Darrell, Darrin, Cody, Brandy and Carrie; a great-grandson, Austin; a brother, Steve Cleveland (Cynde) of Bennington, Kan.; and two sidekicks, Sam and Jesse.
Mr. Cleveland is preceded in death by a wife, Nancy Joy Lott Cleveland; his parents; and a brother, Blaine Cleveland.
The celebration of life memorial service for Mr. Cleveland will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, at Taylors Grove Baptist Church, officiated by the Rev. Tommy Howell.
The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m., one hour prior to the service, in the vestibule area, and at other times at the home.
An additional celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Wilson Funeral Home in Minneapolis, Kan.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Taylors Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 2382 Charlotte Highway, Lancaster, SC 29720.
An online guest register is available for condolences on the obituaries page at
Burgess Funeral Home and Crematory of Lancaster is caring for the family of Mr. Cleveland.
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Published in The Lancaster News on Feb. 1, 2019
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