Charles Eugene “Gene” Phillips

November 25, 1933 ‒ November 19, 2015

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Charles Eugene “Gene” Phillips, age 81, of Banning Road, Mount Vernon, passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the Ohio Eastern Star Home. He was born on November 25, 1933 in Knox County the son of Charles C. and Anna Geneva (Kirkpatrick) Phillips. Gene was a 1952 graduate of Mount Vernon High School and in 1956 he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Gene worked on his family farm in Knox County and also served as a Knox County Commissioner and trustee for Clinton Township. Gene was a loving husband, father and grandfather and took great pride and enjoyment in watching his children and grandchildren in their activities.

He is survived by his wife, Diana (James) Phillips whom he married on September 24, 1960, his children, Doug Phillips of Middleburg and his children, Makayla and Hunter, Bob (Pam) Phillips of Mount Vernon and his children, Charlie and Madi, Heidi Phillips of Mount Vernon and her children, Jeanna and Laura, Jim (Anne) Phillips of Marathon, New York and his children, Schyler, Rylee and Gus, Jason (Tracey) Phillips of Cincinnati and his children, Raegan and Noah. Gene is also survived by his fur friend, Buddy, his brother, Tom (Rosalie) Phillips of Mount Vernon and his mother-in-law, Marthamae James of Howard.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents.

In following Gene’s wishes, the family will observe a private service on the family farm. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Charles Eugene “Gene” Phillips.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations may be made to the Knox County Farm Bureau or Cornell University Agricultural Department.

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  • Phillips Families-
    I am so sorry for your loss! Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Gene was a good friend and great family man. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow.

  • Diana and family, so very, very sorry for your loss, I remember well when he was Knox County Commissioner. You have our blessings and prayers at this time of sorrow.

  • To the Gene Phillips Family…. Bobby & Pam and Diane…. Our sincere condolences & sympathy to you all! I’m sure Gene felt very blessed to have such an amazing & loving family. Cherish the wonderful memories & know that in time the sadness will lessen. He lives on through you all. Heaven has gained another angel! The Staffords

  • We were sorry to learn about this earlier today and have many fond memories of high school – being on the school athletic teams together, Hi-Y and other activities. Please accept our sincere sympathy and prayers.
    Dick & Murt Trowbridge

  • Diana , Bob and family
    So sorry for your loss. We will keep your family in our thoughts. Sending healing thoughts.
    Edie Horne and Jessica Mortine

  • Diana & Family,

    I am so sorry to hear and read about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.


  • Dear Diana and Family — We were saddened to read about Gene’s passing. He was truly one of the “good guys.” Please know that we are sending you our deepest sympathy and friendship. Sincerely, Susan and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • Diane and Family,

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to the entire Phillips clan. A great man!

    John, Cindy and Girls

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I miss serving meals to all of the wonderful people that came and especially your very special family. May God be with you.

  • Enjoyed more than one fun conversation with Gene over the years, he had a knack for making you feel that you were far more interesting than you were LOL./ RIP Gene and our condolences to the entire Phillips family.

  • Diana and Family,

    So sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. We have had him in our prayers since our last class reunion.
    I am sure you have many great memories to help you through these difficult times. Our prayers will be with you.

  • Diana and Family,
    We were saddened to learn that Gene passed, but know he is with the Lord. We rejoice in his life that was full of accomplishments and his way to share his special smile.

    Prayerful thoughts,
    The Frazier Family
    Brian, Laura and Makayla

  • Dear Phillips family,

    We are thinking of you and praying for you at this difficult time.

    Dave and Lois

  • I was so sorry to hear of the loss of Gene. He was my very good friend while we were in high school and my roommate our first year at Cornell University. After not having seen Gene for some 60 years, we met two years ago and again this last May. I was fortunate to recently have seen Gene and Diana and to have spent some quality time with them. To Diana and all of Gene’s family, I send my condolences. My thoughts are with you. We will all miss Gene along with his humor, laughter and kindness. May he rest in pease. Most sincerely, Jim Francis

  • Diana and family.
    You have our sincere sympathy in the loss of your loved one. May god give you comfort and love in the coming days as only he can do.

    So sorry to hear of my cousin Gene’s passing. He and I were always interested in each of our families. He was one of a kind. We would frequently see him at the Amish auction at Waterford and had a good visit. We have not gone to the auctions for quite some time and missed seeing him. He always asked about our son and how his cattle were doing and our daughter too. I remember the years gone by how our families would get together. Sad that does not happen much these days.

    We send you love from our family.

  • Diana & family,
    So sorry for your loss.
    I always enjoyed visiting with Gene. I believe he liked talking about cattle just as much as I.
    I don’t think I ever saw him without a smile on his face & he always made my day a little brighter.
    May the Good Lord give you all peace & comfort in the days ahead.

  • Diana, and family… Just read of Gene’s passing,,, sorry I didn’t know before this… Please accept our thoughts and prayers for you and all your family……Love to all…

    The Gleason family~

  • Diane,
    Both you and Gene have left me with many happy memories. It is those memories that help during the hard days ahead. Blessings. Shirley

  • Diana and family,
    We are so sorry for you loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sam, Bunny and Jillian Vance
    Elinor Bartlett

  • Heidi, I was so sorry to learn of the loss of your dad. It was so good to see you recently and have the chance to get reacquainted. There will always be people we remember from growing up in Mount Vernon that seem larger than life. Your family is known and loved by so many. May God bless you and comfort you at a difficult time, and may you be lifted up by the love and memories of so many.