Phillip E. Packard

January 21, 1948 ‒ May 13, 2014

Delaware, Ohio

Phillip E. Packard, age 66 of Delaware passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at home surrounded by his family, following a yearlong battle with cancer.

He was born on January 21, 1948 in Columbus to the late Robert and M. Virginia (Backus) Packard. Phil graduated from Columbus North High School in 1966.

Coming to Delaware in 1983 from Columbus, Phil came to love Delaware and offered his time and talents in many ways to his community.

An accountant and finance manager, he retired from Weyerhaueser and its predecessors Corco Paper Company, Western Kraft, and Willamette Industries.

Phil was currently serving as Treasurer for Andrews House and the Delaware Rotary Club. He was also coordinator of four AARP volunteer tax preparations sites for senior citizens and those with low incomes.

Over the years he also had served as the Board President of the Delaware Chapter of the American Red Cross, Treasurer, and member of the local Disaster Assistance Team (DAT). He was an American Cancer Society Delaware Relay of Life Volunteer and Past President of the Delaware Chamber of Commerce.

Phil joyfully participated in the auto racing events at Mid-Ohio Raceway as a volunteer track fireman for 25 years, which were wonderful days for him.

He was awarded the Rookie of the Year Award in 2001 and the Pat Powers Spirit of Volunteerism Award in 2006 from the American Red Cross; in 2013 he was nominated for the Delaware Community Foundation Volunteer of the Year award; in 2014 for the Central Ohio Senior Citizen Hall of Fame and also for in 2014 the Jefferson Award.

Those who remain to cherish his memory include his wife of 46 years Sue (Wessels), children Jeffrey Packard and Amity (Nate) Arnold, grandchildren Paige Natalie, Jacob Arnold, Tristen Arnold, and Keegan Arnold, siblings Ron (Carole) Packard, Tom (Jan) Packard, Margaret (Roy) Vannetta, David (Diane) Packard, and sister-in-law Sister Judith Wessels SND.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by sisters Joan Packard and Barbara Millirons.

Friends may call 4-7 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the 11:00 a.m. Saturday funeral services at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 75 W. William St., Delaware, burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery.

Contributions in honor of Phil’s love of the Delaware Community can be made to Andrews House, 39 W. Winter St., Delaware, Ohio 43015.

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  • What a Wonderful Life you both have had. I am so sorry to learn of Phils death , I was glad I could say I saw you on his last admit to Grady. You all mean alot to our Grady family and to us nurses who worked with you.