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Donald A. Phillips Sr.

Donald A. Phillips, Sr.        “beloved father and grandfather”

ELDRED, Pa.---Donald A. “Don” Phillips, Sr., 81, of Eldred, a former longtime resident of Shinglehouse, passed away in his home with his loving son by his side on Thursday, July 11, 2019, after a long illness.

Born on Monday, August 23, 1937 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Donald F. and LeOtta Prince Phillips.  On March 15, 1980 in Springville, N.Y., he married Nancy L. Lunn, who passed away on July 29, 2011.

Don was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1955.  After high school, he was employed by Interstate Creameries in Cortland, N.Y.  He was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving in Germany during the Cold War.  After serving his country, Don was then employed in Niagara Falls, N.Y. by DuPont.  He then was employed by Winfield Lanphere Drilling in Shinglehouse, and lastly by Richard Terwiliger Pump Service in Addison, N.Y. until his retirement.

Don enjoyed hunting, model trains and cars.

Surviving are four sons, Donald Allen “DJ” Phillips, Jr. of Eldred, Michael Phillips of Florida, Wade A. (Lana) Hathaway of New York, N.Y., and Deane A. (Lori) Hathaway of Friendship, N.Y.; several grandchildren; and a nephew.

In addition to his parents and wife, Don was predeceased by a sister, Marcia Majot.

In keeping with Don’s wishes, there will be no public visitation.  A celebration of his life will be held on a date and time to be announced.  Burial will be in East Sharon Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cole Memorial Home Health and Hospice, 102-108 South Main Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Don’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Don, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or visit our Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.



Don was always a great man. He will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Judy Mesler Jul 14 2019 12:00 AM