MADISON/VERONA- Eugene D. Phillips, age 93, passed away at home following a short illness on Sunday, December 2, 2012. He was born in Potosi on April 5, 1919, the son of David W. and Mary Ellen (Willis) Phillips.
He graduated from Iron Horse High School as Valedictorian in 1937. Eugene married Annie Venden on November 23, 1939. He worked at the Warwick Wax Plant in Kansas for 16 years, and was employed for 23 years by Bethel Lutheran Church as their maintenance man and custodian.
Eugene was an artist who enjoyed painting and drawing. He was a talented musician who enjoyed gardening and playing with electronics.
He is survived by his son, David (Patty) Phillips; grandchildren, Brenda (Tom) Diederich, Russell (Kerri) Phillips, Erik Phillips, and Kristen (Jeffrey) Sacks; ten great-grandchildren, Ashley, Ambriel, Nick and Jacob Diederich, Rosie, Alanna, and Kaylee Phillips, and Terrance, Carter and Michael Sacks; two great-great-grandchildren, Alexis and Aaron; and a daughter-in-law, Mary Phillips.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie, in 2007; a son, Terrance Phillips; a grandson, Alan Phillips; four brothers; and two sisters.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 6, 2012, at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, VERONA CHAPEL, 220 Enterprise Dr., with the Rev. Alison Williams presiding. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be held at York Memorial Lutheran Cemetery in Blanchardville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Agrace HospiceCare, Inc., or to Bethel Lutheran Church.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Willow Pointe and Agrace HospiceCare, Inc., for their support during this difficult time.