Philip B. Pendleton

November 30, 1931 ‒ February 12, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

Philip B. Pendleton passed away Monday, February 12, 2018 after fighting a courageous battle against cancer. Phil was born in Mansfield on November 30, 1931 to Kenneth and Luella Mae (Hall) Pendleton. He was a graduate of Mansfield Senior High School, class of 1949 and attended Bowling Green State University. Phil is remembered by many as a true gentleman, hardworking, humble, and kind. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was always quick with a joke or pun.

Very proud of his time served in the military, Phil was a radio-telephone operator in the US Marine Corps during the Korean War. He cherished his memories of working with his father at the family grocery, Pendleton’s Market, as a young boy through early adulthood. He later worked as an account executive for Foster & Kleiser Outdoor Advertising in Cleveland, and then became Director of Marketing for the Richfield Coliseum in the 1970’s. His real avocation however was photography, and he rarely was seen without a camera. He photographed numerous weddings, senior portraits, and many other events throughout the area. Phil and his wife, Marty, opened Phil’s Fast Photos in the West Park Shopping Center for one-hour photo developing and other photographic services in the late 1980’s. Phil loved music as well and was well-known in the music arena of Mansfield, being honored by the American Federation of Musicians in 2012. He played in a number of bands throughout his life, including oboe in the Mansfield Symphony in the 1950’s, and more recently playing alto sax in the Ashland Community Band. Phil and Marty delighted many audiences with their Harp and Hammer act, playing harmonica and doing his “shtick”.

Phil will be greatly missed by his family who survive him: wife, Martha (Shiplet) whom he married in April of 1984; step-children (who he considered his own) Roger & Lorel Au, Jeff & Judy Au, Cathy & Marlon Koenig; grandchildren Jenny Au, Jay & Monica Au, Jesson Au, Julie & Mikes Noyes, Stephanie & Brandon Myers, Clay & Cieleste Koenig; great grandchildren Emma Au, Hudson Myers, Katherine Noyes and Cooper Koenig; brother Kenneth & Lynne Pendleton; sister Marilyn Pendleton Cutter Zapone; sister-in-law Mary Pendleton; nieces and nephews Sue Swick, Lynne Pendleton, Marc Cutter, Lori Cutter Schlueter, Kirk Pendleton, and Heather Pendleton Webb. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Marion.

Calling hours will be held Friday, February 16, 2018 from 4-6 p.m. in the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home Finefrock Chapel.  A celebration of life will be held Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. in the Linden Road Presbyterian Church. Tom Roepke will officiate.

Memorial contributions in Phil’s memory to the Linden Road Presbyterian Church or the Salvation Army may be made through the funeral home.

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  • I’m so sorry for your loss of Phil, he was like a father to me. If you need to talk about it, I am available.

    Love you all so much,
    Nancy Chernay

  • Dear Marty & Family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. He was such a sweet and lovely person. Keep your memories close to your heart. I will keep you in my thought and prayers.
    Love to you all,
    Susie Niebel Neutzling

  • Marty, I am so sorry to hear about Phil. I enjoyed working with both of you over the years. My prayers to you and your family. Love, Cyndi Kunz

  • May over time you find peace and joy in all the wonderful memories of Phil. Thinking of you during this time of grief

  • Phil was one of those very rare people about whom every complimentary thing being said at this sad time is absolutely true…. and then some! I had the privilege of knowing his musical and photographic work over his several decades of involvement with the Ashland Community Concert Band, the Mansfield Symphony, and Local 159 American Federation of Musicians.
    Phil’s kindness, generosity, talent, and constant good humor brightened every interaction and effort of all these groups. We are all better for his having walked (and played!) among us. I am proud to remember him as a friend and colleague.

  • We are so sad to hear of Phil’s passing. What a kind, sensitive and truly caring man he was. We have fond memories of Phil and Marty taking our family picture every Christmas! He will be missed by many. Love and prayers to you, Marty. ❤️

  • Dear Marty,
    Phil was always so friendly and never forgot a face. No matter where we saw him he always had a smile and friendly greeting. May you have wonderful memories of your life together. May God bless you and give you comfort and peace.
    Love, Pat and Wayne Bell

  • So sorry to learn of Phil’s passing. He was a great guy. He will be much missed. Of course he & Don were in same class at school.
    Thoughts and prayers go with you.