Joel Phillips, 73, died Sept. 12, 2021. He was the son of Victor K. Phillips Sr. and Janice Campbell Phillips, who later married Harold Larrick after Victor's death.
Joel graduated from Shadyside Academy. He went on to Allegheny College before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. While in the Navy, he rose to the rank of quartermaster aboard the USS Corry. He was stationed off the coast of Vietnam, and saw action. While serving in the Navy for four years, his tour of duty included many fascinating ports-of-call, to which he referred as his "grand world voyage!"
After his honorable discharge, he attended and graduated from the University of Boston, with an accounting degree. He later received a master's degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
He started his career at Allegheny Ludlum, where he was an accountant. He always had an interest in real estate, so he pursued this avenue in property management. He also served as president of the Campbell Oil and Gas Co.
Joel had many hobbies, and pursued them avidly. He belonged to several organizations connected to his interests.
Joel is survived by his wife, Kimberly; his son, Steele; his beloved nephews, Brock and Brett; and his mother, Janice Phillips Larrick.
He was preceded in death by his father, Victor K. Phillips Sr.; and his beloved brother, David Phillips.
He is also survived by Elizabeth Phillips of Pittsburgh, Clarinda J. Roe (Philip) of Johnson City, Tenn., Victoria Kelly (George) of Butler, Undine Fader (Philip) of Montgomery, Texas, Victor K. Phillips (Karen) of Lenoir City, Tenn., Mrs. David Phillips (Michelle) of Fayetteville, Ga., Eleanore Anne Dickey (Joseph) of Butler, and Gordon C. Phillips (Janine) of Mechanicsburg, Pa.
The family also includes 23 nieces and nephews, and 42 great-nieces and great-nephews, who all loved "Uncle Joel" dearly. He was always interested in their achievements and well-being. With the marriage of Janice and Harold, he gained five stepsisters and their families.
Joel will be remembered always, as one of the great guys who loved his country, his compatriots, and his fellow men and women. He loved his family deeply from his pure heart and good soul. He was always and foremost a devoted family member, and especially to his cherished mother, Janice Phillips Larrick.
In place of flowers, please pass on the respect he always deferred to others, the kindness he so eagerly bestowed upon us all, and the generosity of his spirit and his brilliance and his time, he so graciously shared each day, as he imbued all who knew him.
PHILLIPS - Friends and family of Joel Phillips, who died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, will be received from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Thompson-Miller Funeral Home, 124 E. North St., Butler.
Masks are requested to be worn.
Funeral services will be private.
Online condolences may be given at www.thompson-miller.com.
Published by Butler Eagle on Sep. 15, 2021.