Wilfred LaRue Phillips, 87, of Mount Vernon, met his Lord and Savior at 1:11 p.m. on Friday, June 6, 2014. He was born June 27, 1926, in Mount Vernon to Wilfred and Mary E. (Benthall) Phillips.
Wilfred was in the U.S. Army serving during World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart medal among others and was a disabled veteran. He was a graduate of Mount Vernon High School, the Chicago Institute of Art, and received his Bachelor’s degrees in Physical Education and Math Education from Evansville College and his Master’s degree from Indiana State Teacher’s College. For many years, Wilfred taught Math at MVJHS, sharing his teaching career with his wife, Doris who taught English. After retiring in 1988, he loved caring for his grandchildren, did woodworking projects, gardened, golfed, fished, and was an avid reader. In the later years he enjoyed dancing with his good friend. He was a member of Trinity UCC, life member of Robinson Twp. Conservation Club, Disabled American Veterans, Mount Vernon Legion Post 5, Mount Vernon Civitan Club, VFW Post 1114, Americal Division Veteran’s Association, and was a mason at Beulah Lodge 478 F. & A.M.
Wilfred was preceded in death by: his parents; wife, Doris Jean (McFadin); sister and brother-in-law, Naomi Jean and Walter Foster, of Poseyville; and sister, Geraldine Gilbert of Comstock Park, Michigan.
He is survived by his children; Deena and Robert Caruso of Oceanside, Ca., and Delene and Carl Schmitz of Wadesville; grandchildren, Hans Schmitz, and Carly and Michael Patterson; great-grandson, Levi Patterson; sister, Sue (Don) Blazier of Carmi, Ill.; brother, Gerald (Martha) Phillips of Mount Vernon; brother-in–law, Edwin Gilbert of Comstock Park, Michigan; sister-in-law, Geraldine McFadin, of Mount Vernon, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Zion Lippe UCC, 9000 Copperline Road, Mount Vernon, IN and burial to follow in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at Schneider Funeral Home, 512 Main Street, Mount Vernon, and from 10 a.m. until service time on Thursday at the church.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lippe UCC, Trinity UCC, or Apostolic Bible Church.
Condolences may be made online at www.schneiderfuneralhome.com