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Virgil Joseph Phillips

Virgil Joseph Phillips, age 79, of Shelby, unexpectedly died Wednesday morning, September 25, 2019 at OhioHealth Shelby Hospital Emergency Department.

Virgil was born August 14, 1940 in Milan, Ohio to the late Florentine “Shorty” and Edith Garland (Featheringill) Phillips. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving as a Military Policeman. His service took him to several places throughout the county but eventually to South Dakota where he met his future wife, Carla. The two wed on April 29, 1961 and she survives. Virgil spent his 37 year career at the Tuby in Shelby from where he retired. He thoroughly enjoyed his work and the people he worked with.

Virgil was full of life, always on the go, and never met a stranger. He loved sitting down for long visits and sharing his knowledge. A “foodie” before it was even a thing, Virgil cherished a good meal and was in fact a great cook himself. Sharing his passion, Virgil volunteered for, and often was the leader of, several area pancake breakfasts, including the annual Farmers Share Breakfast, Shelby FFA Breakfast, and several local aircraft chapter breakfasts. He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and built several experimental aircrafts of his own. He was also a member of EAA #148 in Galion and EAA #50 in Sandusky, and, for 41 years, traveled annually to the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI, never missing one. He enjoyed traveling, especially to Alaska, where he enjoyed fishing and gold panning. His gold panning hobby inspired a membership in the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mining Association.

His wife of 58 years, Carla Jean (Thompson) Phillips, survives along with 3 children: Todd (Jennifer) Phillips of Knoxville, TN, Theresa (Jeff) Wallace of Shelby, and Tracy (Ben) Patrick of Yorktown, VA; a son-in-law: Rod Kiser of Cambridge; 11 grandchildren: Nathan (Amanda) Phillips, Brittany Phillips, Ashley Phillips, Emily Phillips, Terra (Brad) Edris, Derek Kiser (fiancé, McKenzie Cox), Owen Wallace, Brandon (Jacey) Patrick, Titania Patrick, Corey (Mel) Patrick, Sarah Patrick; 14 great grandchildren: Ayden, Amiya, Arionah, Ashton, Ashlynn, Lauren, Harper, Olivia, Adrianna, Jace, Adaline, Leo, Ryleigh, Nolan; 3 sisters in law: Charlotte Phillips of Attica, Joyce Phillips of Oak Harbor, and Kathy Wilson of TN; an aunt: Myrt Gray; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to his parents, Virgil was preceded in death by his daughter: Tina Kiser; 2 brothers: Dale Phillips and Ralph Phillips; and a brother in law: Don Wilson.

Family and friends are welcome on Sunday, September 29, 2019 from 2-5 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, September 30, 2019 at 11 am at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, where Virgil was a member, 29 West Street, Shelby with Fr. Chris Mileski being the celebrant. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with full military honors conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. Memorial contributions may be made to the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church or Galion EAA #148.

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  1. Heather Fighter says:

    Prayers to all for comfort and peace! He will be greatly missed.

  2. dillard bailey says:

    So sorry too hear of the passing of Virgil,I met hin at the “Tuby” when he ran the crain,he was a wonderful man,I always enjoyed talking with him! Prayers and thoughts go out too the family!

  3. John & JoAnn Waldruff says:

    Carla, Tracy, and family ~ we are so saddened to hear the news of Virgil’s passing. I have wonderful memories of him. You have our most sincere sympathy. May God bless and comfort you at this sad time. John & JoAnn

  4. Ambrose & Joy Trucks says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Virgil’s passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with the whole family. God bless all of you.

  5. Bill Martin says:

    Heartfelt condolences to you all. Virgil was a good neighbor and friend to me growing up…He taught me a lot about a bit of everything, you could say. Working on his house, building his 23 T Bucket, as well as how to pack for a road trip to Wisconsin…I am proud to call him ‘old friend’…Respects…

  6. Doc Riles says:

    My heartfelt condolences to you Carla and your family. I will miss Virgil’s contagious smile and listening to the many life experiences he freely shared…Strength and Blessings upon you and yours.

  7. Benjamin Gleason says:

    He was a special guy that I personally will remember for a long time. We talked at his home, at EAA 50 events,at Oshkosh, and anywhere else there was the sound of an airplane! God Speed Virgil!

  8. Mary & Stephen Cowan says:

    Carla, Theresa, Tracy, Todd: Virgil was the cousin who was the “most fun”. He had such great joy for life! I know all of you will miss him terribly. May God comfort you after his sudden passing. I was hoping to come to visiation, but Steve is ill. In Christian Love, Mary Cowan

  9. Melody Heydinger Mergenthaler says:

    Just heard of Virgil’s passing. I am shocked and saddened. I always enjoyed listening to his stories of family and his love of airplanes while he was at our office. Prayers to his entire family.

  10. Amy Brown says:

    To the Phillips family,

    Sending sympathy and prayers.

    Amy Brown and Helene Albert

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