Gerald ‘Jerry’ Phillips, 89, of Urbana, died on Monday, June 15, 2020 at Champaign Rehabilitation Center.
Jerry was born on April 5, 1931 in Champaign, a son of Verne and Margaret (Reis) Phillips. He married Patricia Jackson on March 23, 1953.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia in 2012, a son, Glenn in 1974 and a great grandson, Remi Coussens in 2015.
Survivors include 3 daughters and their families, Gail (Steven) Woodward of CO, Mary (Steven) Wirth of GA and Ginger (Douglas) Slater of IN, 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. His brother, Jim (Nancy) Phillips of Champaign, also survives.
Jerry worked as a machinist at the University of Illinois, earning retirement in 1988. In their retirement years, Jerry and Patricia enjoyed traveling and camping throughout the United States. Jerry was passionate about model railroading and was active with the Central Illinois Tinners train club. He was also gifted at woodworking. Jerry operated Phillips Woodworking for many years, where he used his skills to create beautiful masterpieces for his customers and family members.
Due to current gathering limitations, a memorial service for Jerry will be held at a later date.
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