Carl Brian Phillips died peacefully on Sunday, January 2, 2022 at his home with his beloved wife by his side. Carl was the son of Harold W. "Chub" Phillips and Ruth (Hoyle) Phillips born 75 years ago on November 23, 1946, the same day as a first cousin Marcia Everett. The "twin" cousins celebrated many times over together to honor their common birthday.
He was a graduate of West Branch High School in the Class of 1964. He attended Youngstown State University for a year and a half before entering the United States Army in February 1966. The Army trained him to be a diesel mechanic which suited Carl because he liked all types of construction equipment as well as big trucks, steam shovels and most anything with an engine. Carl was stationed in post-war Korea for 13 months (66-67) where he tried to patch together the aging vehicles to keep them running. Upon return to the States, he was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas to serve out his enlistment. His outfit was called up to answer the rioting at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1969. Shortly after his return home, Carl was lucky enough to be introduced to Jean Wilson, who later became the love of his life. They were married September 26, 1970. Together they are the parents of Barbara (Shawn) Heverly of Salem, Samuel (Andria) Phillips of Beloit, and Benjamin (Melissa) Phillips of Wilmington, NC. And fur baby cat Pirate. Carl took great pride in his entire family which includes grandchildren Andrea and Abby Heverly and Brent, Cole and Carly Phillips.
Carl took an interest in Scouting as a young Cub Scout and then Boy Scouts. He went on numerous camping trips in all kinds of weather, hiked part of the Appalachian Trail, swam The Mile at Camp Stambaugh and most proudly as a young teen, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He was later a Scoutmaster for his sons.
Carl worked as a diesel mechanic for Ohio Machinery. He loved his job and was never faced with a problem he couldn't solve, one way or another. He enjoyed to travel especially his trip to Alaska, cross country trips with family, Disney World and of course Engine Shows. Carl and his brother Dale enjoyed going to small engine shows each year in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Sometimes they demonstrated their own small steam engines that they made. Carl was a member of Damascus United Methodist Church, He served as a bus driver, tested the water and went on several mission trips with work crews.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents. In addition to his wife Jean and children, Carl is survived by his sister Janice (Ken) Behner of Alliance and his brother Dale (Sandy) Phillips of North Benton.
A funeral service celebrating the life of Carl will take place on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 12:00 PM at Brown Funeral Home with Pastor Frank Zugaro officiating. Friends and family will be received two hours prior to the service from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the funeral home. Interment will take place at Highland Memorial Park, Beloit. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made in Carl's honor to Make a Wish Foundation. You may sign the guest register and view the obituary online at www.brownfhonline.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, Salem, 330-337-6363.
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