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John Phillips, 75, Covode

May 16, 2012

John Phillips, 75, Covode, died Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

He was born July 16, 1936, in Allport, the only child of the late John and Jane (Pribilsky) Phillips.

May 6, 1967, he married Patricia (Venesky) Phillips, of Carrolltown, who survives.

Mr. Phillips was a 1954 graduate of Barnesboro High School and worked in Buffalo, N.Y., before being drafted into the U.S. Army.

After serving as a military policeman with duty in South Korea and Yuma Proving Grounds in Yuma, Ariz., he enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police in 1962. He initially worked out of the DuBois barracks, then transferred to the Punxsutawney barracks, from which he retired in 1986.

Mr. Phillips then worked as the transportation director wtih the Punxsutawney Area School District from 1988 until retiring in 2000. He also received degrees from Penn State University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

He has been a resident of Punxsutawney since 1967 and enjoyed walking, spending time with family, working in his yard and gardens and reading.

Mr. Phillips was a member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church, where he served as a Eucharistic minister.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

In addition to his wife, surviving relatives include three children, Drew Phillips (US Army) and wife Regina of Kaiserslautern, Germany, Kate Kachur and husband Andrew of Indiana, and Jill Phillips of Providence, R.I.; and two grandchildren, Mary and Peter Phillips of Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 20, 2012, at the Deeley Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 21, 2012, at Ss. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Monsignor Joseph Riccardo officiating.

Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Phillips' memory to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

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