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Phillip H. "Phil" Buttermore

May 12, 1940 — September 20, 2017

Phillip H. Buttermore      “beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother”

SHINGLEHOUSE---Phillip H. “Phil” Buttermore, 77, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Chambersburg, passed away on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, in UPMC Hamot, Erie, after a lengthy illness.

Born on May 12, 1940, in Meadville, he was a son of Harrison R. and Edith A. Brown Buttermore.  In November 2014, he married Mary C. Smith, who survives.

Phil was a graduate of Meadville High School and Pennsylvania State University, receiving Masters in both Art and Special Education.  He served his country during the Vietnam War, attaining the rank of First Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.  A lifelong educator and a practicing artist and cartoonist, he will be remembered by those who knew him for his kindness, generosity and sense of humor. 

He was a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the Knights of Columbus, and the American Civil Liberties Union. 

Surviving besides his wife are a son, Robert D. Buttermore; two daughters, Ana Robinson and Mary Pham; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert C. (Kathleen) Buttermore; a sister, Carol (Donald Hobson) DeGrange; four nieces; and a great nephew. 

In addition to his parents, Phil was predeceased by a son, Andrew “Santo”.

A private celebration of Phil’s life will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017, with his brother-in-law, the Reverend Dr. Donald Hobson, officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Phil’s name may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Phil’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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