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Robert Clarence Phillips

Published: Monday, July 22, 2013 10:48 a.m. CDT

NEWARK, Ill. — Mr. Robert Clarence Phillips, 69, of Newark, Ill., and formerly of Steward, Ill., and Hinckley, Ill., passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013, at his home in Newark.

Born Nov. 8, 1943, in Morris, Ill., the son of Clarence and Vivian (Caswell) Phillips, he married Patricia A. Harriman on July 9, 1977, in Morris. Robert was member of the Sandwich Moose Lodge #1016.

He served his country in the U.S. Army. Before retiring he worked at Caterpillar in Montgomery for over 30 years. Robert also worked at Shabbona Health Care and Unity Hospice of Rochelle for several years.

He enjoyed camping with his family and many friends, and bowling at Idle Hour Lanes in Sandwich.     

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; two daughters, Donna Marie (Kurt) Rothrock of Pensacola, Fla., and Kristy Elise (Tony) Marisette of Sandwich, Ill.; two sons, Richard Patrick (Heather) Phillips of Killeen, Texas, and John Joseph (Shana) Phillips of Harker Heights, Texas; 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, with one on the way; one sister, Jean (George) Grindstaff of Minooka, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.     

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Jeremy; and one brother, George.      

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 25, at Turner-Eighner Funeral Home, 13160 West U.S. 34, Somonauk, Ill., with the Rev. Ken Lawson officiating.  Burial will follow in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Ill.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, in the funeral home.

Friends may sign the online guestbook at

For more information, log onto the website or call Turner-Eighner Funeral Home at (815) 498-2363.

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