Phillip E. Earnest

January 20, 1949 ‒ January 29, 2019

Howard, Ohio

Phillip E. Earnest, age 70, of Howard, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at his residence. He was born on January 20, 1949 in Mount Vernon, Ohio the son of Raymond and Mary (Gilbert) Earnest.  Phil proudly served in the United States Army in Vietnam and worked many years as an over the road truck driver seeing much of the United States.

Phil enjoyed the simple things in life.  He loved working in his wood shop and was an avid fan of Archery.  Still being a kid at heart, Phil enjoyed electric trains and took great enjoyment in setting up his displays.  He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his two daughters, Judy (Dearl) Parsons of Columbus and Margi (Chuck) Lee of Debary, Florida; two grandchildren, Matthew Parsons and Katie Lee; two great grandchildren, Emma Parsons and Haddie Parsons; two sisters, Sheila Shoults of Panama City Beach, Florida, Connie Wells of Mount Vernon and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his loving wife Florence (Gallagher) Earnest.

Friends may call on Monday, February 4, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 where a funeral service will begin at 1 p.m.  Rev. Marvin Haught will be officiating.  Burial will follow in Workman Cemetery in Danville.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Phillip E. Earnest.

  • So sorry to hear of Phil’s passing. It was so good to visit and see him at our Class Reunion this past May.

  • So sorry Phil will be remenbered by all of his class mates. 1968. So glad we got to see him.
    Prayers to his family.

  • God Bless/RIP. A heartfelt Thank YOU, Phil for your service in The United States Army, in Vietnam. And Semper Fi. … Soldier.

  • Was such a shock to all of us that knew Phil. He will be sadly missed by all. Prayers and thoughts go out to the family.

  • I am so sorry to see that Phil has passed away. I remember him as a fun-loving boy from grade school at Elmwood in Mount Vernon. There is a special connection you have with your first friends in life. My condolences to his family.
    Shirley McDobald Blait