Robert Eugene Phillips, age 82, of Vandercook Lake, passed away Jan. 10, 2016, at home under the loving care of his family and Allegiance Hospice. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Phyllis D. (maiden-Irelan); five children, Roberta (Mark) Lazarus, Patty (Andy) Tilford, Penny (Dave) Cropsey, Linda (Phil) Hawkey, and David (Sarah) Phillips; nine grandchildren, Tiffany, Jill, Lori, Samantha, Kimberly, Erik, Cheyenne, Chad, and Cody; seven great-grandchildren, Austin, Bryan, Koda, Jacob, Emily, Cealy, and Noah; sister-in-law, Thelma Phillips; and his beloved canine pal, Buddy. He was preceded in death by his son, Barry Phillips; sister, Evelyn Walkowicz; brother, Earl Phillips; granddaughter, Rebecca Hawkey; and his parents, Harry and Catherine (maiden-Moore) Phillips.
He was a retired tool and die maker with Wolverine Metal Specialties. He has been cremated and a celebration of his life will be held at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie #3634, 302 Fifth St., Michigan Center Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, from 1 to 5 p.m.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Allegiance Health 6 West and Allegiance Hospice for their comforting care and support. Contributions in his memory are directed to the Allegiance Hospice.
Arrangements by Nichols-Arthur Funeral Home, Michigan Center.