Fred Lee Phillips

August 23, 1961 ‒ December 12, 2018

Centerburg, Ohio

Fred Lee Phillips, age 57 of Centerburg, passed away Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Joliet, IL to his late father Odis B. Phillips and mother Peggy (Wheelhouse) Phillips. A self-employed auto mechanic, he bravely battled cancer for the last four years.

Fred enjoyed tinkering on muscle cars, especially his Chevy Nova Super Sport. An avid fisherman, he even braved the cold weather to go ice fishing with his brothers-in-law and best friend, Joe.  Fred loved spending time at the beach with his wife and children, and was known to spoil his grandkids, who he adored. A plain spoken man, you always knew where you stood with Fred.

Two of his proudest achievements were raising his children and improving the homestead. He was especially particular about his yard, which was his pride and joy. Fred was also mischievously fond of rearranging things, to make them more pleasing to the eye or more efficient- from small “tweaks” to large projects. Even after he became ill and couldn’t do it himself, he kept at it, tasking the rearranging to his boys.

Fred is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Mary (Yaney) Phillips, parents-in-law Alvin and Vera Yaney, Shelby, OH; daughter Michelle (Johnny) Herring, Benson, NC; sons Dylan (Meandra) Phillips, Newark; Hunter Phillips, Mt. Vernon; five grandchildren: Trinity, Camryn, Layla, Sophia, and Oliver; brother Russell and sister Debbie Harris, Illinois and Penny Phillips, Carrollton, TX; along with brothers-in-law David (Shari) Yaney, Shelby, OH and Randy Yaney, Bruning, NE, and best friend Joe Hurtt, Croton, and his mother Peggy Phillips, Ranger, TX. He was preceded in death by his older brother Scott Phillips and his sister Brenda Phillips.

Friends may call from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. St. Rt. 61, Sunbury, where services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 19th, 2018. Pastor Michael Mack will officiate. Burial will follow at the Hueston Cemetery in Forest, OH.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 5555 Frantz Road, Columbus, OH 43017. Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Phillips family.

  • I love you and you will be missed. Your at peace now and in Gods hands. I know you will keep watch over your family and bring them peace.

  • Well Fred I did not want this for you and your precious family . You have left us too soon. I will always love you and all the things you did for me and Scott.

    You were an amazing man. Till we meet again tell Elmerwese hey! God speed . <3

  • Well ‘ol buddy I guess it’s been 35 years since we saw each other last, but it seems like yesterday! Looks like you did good for yourself and loved your family!! Someday we’ll have another fishing contest “on the other side”. I bet I can get the first and biggest fish!!! You were truly blessed… Amen..

  • Ant parent who has had to experience the loss of a child would agree and tell you that its like a knife through your heart.. A pain that rips your heart into pieces.. Frrd will always be a part of me and I know that someday we will see one another again.. Until then Son, you rest with the Angels.. Your Mother, Peggy Evans
    107 Travis St
    Ranger, Texas

  • To my Uncle Fred, there was much time lost between us , but the times I can remember as a child , I recall you and Mary being some of the most down to earth people I’ve met. Our time here is short , what time we have we must make the most of it. And that is something you did do Fred . May the sun rise upon your face and the wind be at your back once again. This isnt the end. Just another beginning of a avengerous journey. Tell Geandma Willhouse hello , and please say Hi to the rest of our Family waiting for our return to them . Look over Mary and the kids as they and I know you will . May you be at peace now , I didn’t want to see you go but I hate to see you in pain uncle . I will remember you in my heart . Love your nephew, Keith Phillips.

  • Mary…I Always knew you and Fred had this perfect love and perfect trust..a bond that was tested and never broken..A real Bonnie&Clyde on Your Wedding Night..The “Prank” Phone Call that You and Fred schemed up to play on me .. Fred..pretending to be the Cops and you 2 crazy kids going down to police station..LoL..Lol..Do you funny..Loved You 2..XOXOX.

    You my love was Fred’s Angel in His Darkest Hours ..and Now my love Fred will be Your Angel in Your Darkest Hours..Always..Never Ending Love & Light..XOXOX