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Raymond "Butch" Phillips Jr.

Raymond  "Butch" Phillips Jr., 80, of Waterloo, IL, passed away, November 5, 2020, at home with his family at his bedside. He was born March 23, 1940 in Valmeyer, IL.

He is survived by his wife Connie (Morefield) Phillips married of 59 years, his son Tim (Mary) Phillips,  grandchildren Chris (Tara) Phillips and Eric (Lindsey) Phillips, three great grandchildren Phoenix, Maliyah and Xandric Phillips, one great great granddaughter Katalina Phillips, sisters Pat Todd and Wanda Harr, nieces, and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Rosaline (nee Plage) Phillips. 

During Butch’s life he served in the Army, enjoyed family, camping, fishing and riding his Harley. He is retired from the Waterloo school district.

Butch always said what he meant and meant what he said. 
He lived life with the thought:  Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving in a well preserved body, but rather thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “WOW...... what a ride”

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to: 
Hospice of Southern Illinois

Private Family Service will be held with a Celebration of Life at a later date.

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Mark and Karla Gelino Family Sep 7 2021 9:17 PM

Chris I am so sorry for the loss of your Grandpa
I was lucky to have him as my cousin will miss him
Take care of your Grandma she is such a sweet lady as well prayers

Karla Wolfmiere Gelino Nov 19 2020 12:00 AM

I was lucky enough to have called this hero of mine grandpa, I remember the garage and days of riding my Harley at the property (mini bike) days of shooting , many cookouts, and most importantly the way he could scare you and make you smile with just a look. Grandpa butch was always there for us in everyway and they way he loved and cherished the grandkids made my heart warm and grow everytime. I love you grandpa, thank you for everyday I got to spend time with you ,it truly was a gift. Until the day comes when we meet again I love you and il miss you.

Chris Phillips Nov 9 2020 12:00 AM

Butch always had a smile and lit up the room. So sorry for your loss Connie. Our deepest sympathy. Alan and Debbie Hackleman

Alan Hackleman Nov 7 2020 12:00 AM

I met Butch in 1993 when he was working for the Waterloo School District. I found him to be friendly, outgoing, and so very interesting. I admired his unique character. He was what I call a real person. I shall miss my short talks with him.My thoughts are with his family at this time.
Billy M. Taylor

Billy M. Taylor Nov 7 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Connie, Remember me? I have been thinking about you lately wondering where you were etc. I was your maid of honor and your next door neighbor on Monroe Street. Bonnie Van Pelt. Your mom was always wonderful to me and I really liked you girls. I am sorry that you have lost your love, Butch. It is a sad time, I know. You will be okay. My email address is chloevp@sbcglobal,net if you should want to contact me sometime. I am sorry for your loss.

Bonnie Lea Van Pelt Nov 7 2020 12:00 AM


BRENDA BEAM Nov 6 2020 12:00 AM

Connie and Family I am so sorry for your loss, he was such a sweet and loving person may you Rest In Peace from you Cousin Karla Gelino and Family

Karla Gelino Nov 6 2020 12:00 AM

Back in the 60's Butch wanted to pick a fight with me at Dreamland Palace. At that time I was afraid of him and talked my way out of it. He scared my kids one time at a resturaunt with his tatoo's , piecings and a chain for a belt But I soon found out he was just a big pussycat. I cut his hair for some years ,and we remained friends from afar. He was a legend in my mind and I will cherish his memory My sympathy Connie to you and the family.

Don Harbaugh Nov 6 2020 12:00 AM

Butch was a good guy and I knew him when driving a school bus. He will be missed

Frank Webet Nov 6 2020 12:00 AM