American Veteran 02

John Wayne Phillis

February 11, 1930 ~ February 25, 2021 (age 91)


John Wayne “Pap” Phillis, 91, of Darlington, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, February 25, 2021.

Born February 11, 1930 in Burgettstown, he was the son of the late Carlisle and Pearl (Moore) Phillis. John was a veteran of the US Army where he served in the Korean War and received the Purple Heart after being wounded at Heart Break Ridge. He was a rigger for J&L/LTV Steel for 28 years, then went on to be a part of the Butler Auto Auction for 8 years after retirement. John was a faithful member of the Oak Grove Church of Christ in Ohioville. He was a loving husband, father, brother, and pap. A quiet and humble man, loved by all.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife, Ernestine “Evelyn” Phillis in 2008; brothers, Lawrence and Harry Phillis; and sister-in-law, Dottie.

He is survived by four sons, David (Nancy) Phillis, Kevin (Debbie) Phillis, Randy (Lisa) Phillis, and Jeff Phillis; brothers, Irvin (Bernie) Phillis, Earl (Jane) Phillis, and Roy Phillis; sister, Sue (Brian) Wilbur; sister-in-law, Bernice Phillis; grandchildren, Eric (Choom) Phillis, Ryan Phillis, Chad (Alexa) Phillis, Kerri, Trent, Hannah, Hailee, and Meiya Phillis; adopted grandchildren, Megan and Matt Merritt; several nieces and nephews; as well as his best friend, his golden retriever, Max. John also leaves behind a loving church family. 

Friends will be received on Monday from 2 to 8 pm in the GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME- 117 Blackhawk Rd., Chippewa-www.gabauerfamilyfuneral A private funeral service will be held on Tuesday with Evangelist, Jeff Phillis officiating along with a private interment as well.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like all donations be made in John’s name to the Oak Grove Church of Christ- 169 Ashwood Dr. Industry, PA 15052.

John was deeply loved and he will live forever in our hearts and with the Lord.

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March 1, 2021

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Gabauer Family Funeral Homes
117 Blackhawk Road
Chippewa, PA 15010

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