Raymond Phillips

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Raymond Phillips


Raymond E. Phillips, 96, of Belleville, IL, born January 12, 1921, in Moravia, IA, died Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at Cedar Ridge Health Care, Lebanon, IL.

Mr. Phillips worked as a carpenter and contractor before his retirement.  After retirement, he and his wife Dorothy established the Hickory Hut BBQ, Belleville, IL, which they owned and operated for 18 years.  Raymond also owned and operated carwashes in the metro east area for 51 years. Raymond was a pilot in the United States Air Force during World War II and continued to fly as a private pilot.

Raymond was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy C., nee Schroeder, Phillips; his parents, Frederick and Emma L., nee Haile, Phillips; two brothers, Dale and Merle Phillips; and two sisters, Lucille Bell and Mildred Minor.

Surviving are his two daughters, Judith (Vince) Bemowski of Swansea, IL, and Kathleen Kehrer of Belleville, IL;
two sons, Douglas Phillips of Swansea, IL, and Lawrence (Cindy) Phillips of Belleville, IL;
nine grandchildren, Stephen (Linda) Hickey, Thomas (Katie) Hickey, Joseph Hickey, Anna Kehrer, Samuel Kehrer, Scott Phillips, Cameron Phillips, Molly (Ryan) Fassbinder, and Cassie (Joe) Hill;
and eight great-grandchildren, Miranda, Madelyn, and Malaina Hickey, Charlie Hickey, Jake and Alyssa Phillips, and Morgan and Grace Fassbinder.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, August 18, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, August 18, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Burial with military honors will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.


4 Comments on Raymond Phillips

Victoria Lundquist said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2017 at 1:58 AM

Dear Judy and family, May your memories of your dad bring you smiles and not tears. Prayers to you during the healing days ahead. May he rest in eternal peace.

  • Germantown
  • Wisconsim
Steve and Cheri Richardson said : Guest Report Aug 16, 2017 at 4:31 PM

We are sending you love and prayers-thinking of you all. This poem comes to mind when I think of Ray: "Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed , and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds,-and done a hundred things you have not dreamed of-wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence. Hovering there, Ive chased the shouting wind along and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air....Up, up the long, delirious burning blue I've Topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace. Where never lark, or ever eagle flew- and, while with silent , lifting mind I've trod the high untrespassed sanctity of space, put out my hand, and touched the face of God." ....Now he truly is.

  • S Burlington
  • Vermont
Sue Schindler said : Guest Report Aug 16, 2017 at 2:41 PM

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for all who loved him. RIP Raymond...

  • O'Fallon
  • Illinois
Jeanie/Wayne Evans said : Guest Report Aug 16, 2017 at 2:03 PM

Mr Phillips was a great guy with a sweet sense of fun. We are saddened by his passing. Love to the whole family.

  • Coke Camp
  • MO

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