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.