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John Charles Philips

June 9, 1930 September 8, 2023
John Charles Philips
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John Charles Erickson Philips,93, of Washington, local musician, teacher, writer, arranger, and piano tuner, died on Friday, September 8, 2023, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, following the death of his beloved dog, Charlie.

He was born June 9, 1930, in Michigan City, IN.

John served in the U.S. Air Force.

He married Vallie Grace Mason; she survives. He is also survived by his son, Dan (Kim) Philips; granddaughters, Eleanor (Patrick) Cullinan, Madeline (Sean) Philips and great-granddaughter, Julia Cullinan.

John was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy Sullivan Philips; son, David Philips; and granddaughter, Julia Philips.

A memorial service will be held at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 401 Walnut Street, Washington, IL, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 16, 2023.

Memorials may be made to Loaves and Fish Ministry, First United Methodist Church, 116 NE Perry Street, Peoria, IL 61603.

The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co. Pekin/Peoria is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

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