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