Phillip Brown

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August 03, 1930  – September 27, 2017
Funeral Date: Monday, October 02, 2017

Phillip W. Brown, 87, of Henry, IL, passed away at 7:54 p.m. Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at Heartland Health Care Center in Henry. Mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Henry with Father John Verrier and Father John Bosco officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Henry with Military Rites by the Henry American legion Post #323. There will a prayer service one-half hour prior to visitation. Visitation will be 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with a prayer service at 2 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church. Memorials may be made to his church or St. Jude Midwest Affiliate in Peoria. Calvert & Johnson memorial Home, Henry are assisting the family with services. Phillip was born August 3, 1930, in Ludlow, IL, the son of James D. and Alta M. Head Brown. He married Doris E. Hook on November 25, 1954, in Champaign, IL. She survives along with four daughters Michele (Mike) Steele, Marsha (Steve) Klein, Angie (Tim) Smith, and Tricia (

Dan) Bogner all of Henry; two brothers James Brown of Grand Ridge, and Gene Brown of Wauwatosa, WI; two sisters Ann (Cal) Miller of Naperville and Judy Franks of Philo; two sisters-in-law Sara Brown of Rantoul and Shirley Brown of St. Petersburg, Florida. He was Papa to eleven grandchildren Lindsay (Alex) Tarmann, Patrick (Shayna) Steele, Abbey Steele, Nick (Tiffany) Klein, Cameron (Christin) Klein, Gabe (Jennie) Smith, Graham Smith, Gavin Smith, Zackary (Erica) Bogner, Brennan Bogner, and Makenzie Bogner; five great grandchildren Landon Steele, Cohyn Klein, Parker Klein, Brecken Klein, and Riley Bogner. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Stephen; two brothers Gerald and Joseph; one sister, Mary Mc Cormick; and two great grandchildren Phillip Tarmann and Emma Tarmann. Phil was a member of St. John XXIII Parish in Henry. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a Master’s Degree. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked as a Guidance Counselor and School Administrator at Henry-Senachwine High School. During his twenty-six year tenure, he impacted many students’ lives. After he retired, he then worked at Hardware Hank in Henry for 10 years where he found a true passion in sharing his knowledge of home repairs. His family was his pride and joy, and his happiest times were when he was surrounded by them. He loved sharing stories with his family of growing up on the farm. He never met a stranger, and he enjoyed visiting with everyone he met. His other interests included home repair projects, gardening, yard work, and volunteering at the Henry Calvary Cemetery. The family would like to thank his wonderful caregivers including Tina Schmitt of Snyder Village Homecare, Heartland Health Care Center, and Compassus Hospice.

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