Phillip ‘Phil’ J. Gardner

By on September 15, 2011

Phillip “Phil” J. Gardner, 28, of DeKalb, formerly of Batavia, passed away tragically following a car accident on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.

He is survived by his parents, Kim (Jeff) McGuire of Plano, and Jack (Debbie Younglove) Gardner of Oregon, Ill.; one brother, Erik (Dani Grote) Gardner of Sycamore; two step-brothers, Sean McGuire of Chicago and Garrett McGuire of Palatine, Ill.; one step-sister, Sarah Younglove of Oregon, Ill.; maternal grandparents, Bob and Penny Johnson; paternal grandparents, Jack and Sharon Gardner; many aunts, uncles, cousins and a family of friends.

He is preceded in death by his cousin, Michael York.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. A funeral to celebrate his life will be held Monday, Sept. 19, also at Conley Funeral Home, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Blackberry Township Cemetery, Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Phil Gardner Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or at