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Phillip Hollis

February 24, 1955 — November 15, 2018

Phillip Hollis

Phillip L. Hollis

Age 63 of Gardner, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

Born February 24, 1955 in Moulton, Alabama, Phillip Lawrence is a son of Anna Eloise (nee Montgomery) Worden of Wilmington and the late Joe Hollis, Jr. He was raised in Wilmington and Braceville, and graduated from Gardner-South Wilmington High School with the Class of 1973. Phillip is a Veteran of the United States Navy, and honorably served on the USS Lexington.

On August 19, 1978, Phillip married Dianna M. Brown in Pensacola, Florida, and together they raised two sons. Phillip worked for Caterpillar Tractor Company in Joliet for more than 30 years, and retired as a machinist. In his earlier years, he took great pleasure in hunting, tinkering in the garage and rehabbing houses. He liked crappie fishing, was quite a collector, and most recently enjoyed fantasy football. There was no greater hobby for Phillip than his family, and he cherished the time spent with this kids and grandkids.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Diane; two sons: Phillip “P.D.” (Kate) Hollis of Braidwood and Joseph Hollis of Braceville; four grandchildren: Jared, Caelan, Jackson and Rory; his mother and step-father, Anna (Ray) Worden of Wilmington; siblings: Donna (Chris) Stephens and Jeff (Mav) Hollis, both of Coal City, Dave (Teresa) Zelinski of Oglesby and Sylvia (Nelson) VanHaelst of Custer Park; his mother-in-law, Mildred Turner of Custer Park, and sisters-in-law: Teresa Hollis of Mississippi, Melba (Mark) Clark of Reddick and Stacy Brown of Braidwood, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Phillip was preceded in death by his father, Joe Hollis, Jr., brother, Tony; sister, Cathy in infancy; father-in-law, Melvin Brown, sister-in-law, Ginger Brown and brothers-in-law, Mitchell Brown and Matthew Brown in infancy.

The family will receive friends for a visitation on Sunday, November 25, 2018 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road in Wilmington. Funeral services will follow Monday morning, November 26, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Jeff Urban from Christian Faith Center officiating.

Burial with full military honors will be in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood. Pallbearers will be: Phillip D. Hollis, Joseph Hollis, Mark Clark, Jr. Max Clark, Matthew Clark, Kyle Hollis, Jason Hollis and Luke Scasny.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Phillips memory to Christian Faith Center, 1800 S. Water Street, Wilmington, Illinois 60481 or to the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Support Committee, P.O. Box 4132, Joliet, Illinois 60434-4132.

Family and friends may sign the guest book, upload photographs or share Phillips memorial page online through social media, by logging onto:

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington. ( 815-476-2181 )

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