Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

Kenneth Phillips

Kenneth Ray Phillips, age 71, of Quincy, died on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 8:25 p.m. in Bickford Cottage.

Kenneth Phillips | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, ILKenneth was born September 21, 1947 in Quincy, Illinois, the son of Clyde and Elsie Mae Moore Phillips. He married Jeanette Meyer on February 24, 1973 in Quincy. She preceded him in death on September 26, 2013.

Kenneth was a 1965 graduate of Quincy High School. He proudly served three years in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Upon his return to Quincy, he went to work for the City of Quincy Public Works Department and later the wastewater treatment plant until his retirement in 2002. Kenneth and his wife Jeanette owned Broadway Antique Mall until 2005. He also owned Ye Old Junkery, S & K moving Company, as well as K, J, & A Moving and Delivery. Kenneth was devoted to both Central Baptist Church, where he served on the board, and to St. James Lutheran Church. He was a member of the Quincy VFW and American Legion Post #37. He was an avid supporter of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Kenneth also started a memorial fund through the In Faith Community Foundation to provide ongoing charitable gifts to various organizations that he supported, such as Central Baptist Church and St. James Lutheran School.

Kenneth was a very kind and compassionate man who greatly enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He loved gardening and spending time at the farm. He was always on the go, whether working, volunteering, or spending time with family. He was always doing something. In his spare time, he loved antiquing and junking. He was a talker and very much enjoyed conversation.

Survivors include: two children, Troy R. (Lori) Phillips of Chatham, IL, and Amanda K. (Adam Howser) Phillips of Quincy; three grandchildren, Emily (Andrew Amaro) Phillips of Lawrence, KS, Brayden LeRoy and Brodie Paul Jones both of Quincy; a sister, Betty Fortner of Quincy; a close personal friend, Phyllis Johnson of Quincy; and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews

In addition to his wife, Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, and five sisters.

Services: 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home with Rev. Jason Sommerfeldt.

Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois

Visitation: 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home

Memorials: In Faith Community Foundation, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospitals, or Quincy Humane Society.


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.

  1. Amanda and Family, So sorry to hear about your Dad. We enjoyed talking to him when he stopped at the end of our driveway after leaving your house, a Very Nice Guy. You and Family are in our Thoughts and Prayers!!

  2. Thinking of you Amanda ,Troy and family. Sending hugs and prayers to you all during this difficult time. Uncle Kenny was a kind ,sweet person who always had a smile and a hug to give. He will be missed but will always be in our hearts xo Sincerly,
    Gina Rennols

  3. Very sorry for your loss.My brother and both worked for Kenny pastime.He was a great guy and be deeply missed.He is in a much better place.

  4. Dear Troy and Amanda. We are so deeply sorry for your loss. What a awesome person he was and good friend.

  5. Dear Kenneth Phillip Family, We are very sorry for your loss. My husband, Wayne, worked with Kenneth Phillips at the wastewater treatment plant. Very humble man. We, also, enjoyed getting to know his lovely wife, Jeanette, and enjoyed visiting with them both whenever we could outside the office. Very precious couple! Praying the Lord’s comfort for the whole family.

  6. So sorry for your loss. We had great times at Broadway Antique Mall. He will be missed……Love Margret Marie

  7. Ken was great friend to me … offering sage advice about our shared faith when I needed some minor course corrections. I will miss him.

  8. So sorry for your loss. What a wonderful man he was. What an honor to have known him an to have taken care of him. Love Sue ,

  9. Jeanette: I couldn’t believe when I saw in the paper that Kenny had passed. I am so very sorry for your loss. Will say a prayer for him (froggy).

  10. Amanda, Tory and Family, I’m sorry to hear of Ken’s passing he was a great guy and a good friend. He was always a kind, compassionate and caring man. He will be missed all who knew him. He was always very positive, even when I would visit him when he was sick. He was always willing to step and lend a helping hand when there a job to be done. We will be remembering you all in our prayers.

  11. So sorry for your loss our hearts and prayers are with you he will be greatly missed he was a wonderful person

  12. We are so sorry to hear the news of Kenny’s passing. He was a thoughtful and caring man. Kenny and Jeanette were a wonder a couple. They truly loved one another and other people. I always enjoyed listening to his many humorous stories about life and work. We send our sincere sympathies to their children and friends at Central Baptist Church. We will keep them in our prayers. Lord, welcome your beloved son into your kingdom.

  13. Rest In Peace. You will Be missed by all! Always had a peaceful and uplifting outlook on life. Blessed to have known you.
    Bryan & Cassie Johnson

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