Thomas H. Phillips, 78, of Wattsburg, died Sunday, May 24, 2020, at his residence, following a brief illness.
He was born in Union City on April 2, 1942, the son of the late Lyle E. and Gladys M. Rouse Phillips.
After graduation from Wattsburg High School, Tommy joined the PA National Guard. He later served with the U.S. Army attaining the rank of E-4.
Tommy worked as a tool and dye maker for Electric Materials in North East. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and the trips to Canada with his sons for fishing.
He was a member of American Legion LeBarron Post 237 in Union City.
Besides his parents, Tommy was preceded in death by a brother, Richard L. Phillips in 1980.
Tommy is survived by his wife of 58 years, Diana D. Proper Phillips, whom he married on Nov. 30, 1963; a daughter, Denise D. Thieme and her husband Jim, of Goldsboro, N.C.; two sons, David P. Phillips and his wife Deborah, and Matthew H. Phillips and his wife Jennifer Drake, all of Wattsburg; and a brother, Jerry Phillips and his wife Darlene of Edinboro.
He is also survived by eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Due to the coronavirus, calling hours and funeral services will be limited to family members only.
C.S. Warthman Funeral Home Inc., 69 N. Main St., Union City, Pa., is handling local arrangements.
Burial will be at Wattsburg Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Tribute Program, P. O. Box 1000, Dept.142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142; or to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 1645 West 8th St., Erie, PA 16505.