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Phillip J. Issert

August 6, 1961 — March 20, 2024

Wilmington

Phillip J. Issert

Our Dad, Phillip Joseph Issert, died unexpectedly Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at his home. Dad was born, August 6, 1961, in Joliet, Illinois, the third child of Victor and Marie (Barthelme) Issert. He was raised in Peotone, Illinois on his family's farm until the family moved to Wilmington where he graduated from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1980. As a young man, Phillip worked for Super Valu, Island City Mushroom Farm, as well as working on his father’s farm. As he grew into adulthood, he began working as an auto glass installer. Dad worked for several different companies, including Glasswerks and Safelite, and he was very proud of his skills when he owned and operated his own business, Phil's Auto Glass.

Phillip was a tinkerer who was always working on something around the house, and he took a special interest in electronics and light bulbs. He was a fan of all types of music as long as it was playing as loud as possible. His record collection was his prized possession, and the envy of many. Dad was a very social person who could carry a conversation with anyone, and he was a great storyteller who was fond of sharing stories and reminiscing about the past. Phillip was a loving Christian man who treated anyone he met like a friend. He loved making people laugh. How lucky were we to call you "Dad" and "Papa". The love you showed to us, and our children will be cherished forever, and it means more than anything else in the world.

Survivors include his two children: Brittany (Jong) Issert-Kim “Intelligent, patient, witty, true Dad material…oh, just this last thought… I love you thiiiis MUCH ” of Warrenville, Illinois and Ian (Kelly) Issert “Until next time; I love you thiiiis MUCH” of Wilmington; eight grandchildren: Avery, Jacobie, Paxton, Leo, Trey, Ian, Ryker, and Rowan; three brothers and one sister: Stephen (Debbie) Issert “My Little Brother”, Denise (Rick Smith) Issert “Brother Loving Longing”, Jeffry (Jan) Issert “Very Kind”, and Joel (Angie) Issert “My Big Brother”, all of Wilmington, one uncle, Leon Issert “My Empathetic Nephew” of Peotone, Illinois, and many nieces and nephews who will greatly miss Uncle Phillip’s laugh and his detailed stories.

“Don’t forget your Basic. Instructions. Before. Leaving. Earth.”

The family will receive friends for a visitation at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road, in Wilmington on Tuesday, March 26, 2024 from between the hours of 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 27, 2024 in the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. with Deacon Jay Plese officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Phillip's memory to Kuzma Care Cottage in Wilmington.

Family and friends are encouraged to sign the online guest book, upload photographs, and share Phillip's memorial page via social media.

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Homes and Crematory in Wilmington (815) 476-2181.
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Past Services

Visitation

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Baskerville Funeral Home Wilmington

700 East Kahler Road, Wilmington, IL 60481

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Baskerville Funeral Home Wilmington

700 East Kahler Road, Wilmington, IL 60481

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Interment

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

12:15 - 1:15 pm (Central time)

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