Donald ‘Dutch’ Phillips Jr.

By on December 31, 2009

Donald “Dutch” Phillips Jr., 66, of Kaneville, passed away following a fierce battle with pancreatic cancer, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at his home surrounded by the love and prayers of his family. Dutch was a man of simple tastes with a smile always on his face who never let life’s problems get him down.

He was born Sept. 3, 1943, the son of Donald Sr. and Mary Helen (Klemm) Phillips in Aurora.

Dutch met his wife during high school, and though she stole his heart, she gave him hers in return. Dutch and Jane Schramer went to their first dance in 1960, and four years later, were united in marriage on Sept. 12, 1964, at S.S. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Virgil.

Dutch began working in the family egg business and also worked for a time at Zephyr Gas, a small gas station in Sugar Grove. He spent most of his years behind the wheel of a semi, driving for G. Baker Express and later Blackhorse Carriers.

He now leaves his wife of 45 years, Jane; four children, Deanna (Phil) McCarney and their children, Nicholas and Nolan, of Elburn; Denise (Mike) Thelander and their daughter, Jordan, of Elburn; Keith (Julie) Phillips and their children, Brandon and Katelyn, of Batavia; and Kevin (Aimee Lave) Phillips and their children, Cody, Cecily, and Courtney of Watertown, S.D.; four siblings, Jerry “Cork” (Sue) Phillips, Patrick “Skip” (Mary Perry) Phillips, Rita (Larry) Schmitt and Marcy (Randy) Vanatta; many nieces, nephews; and a countryside of friends who will never forget his smile.

He now joins his parents and one niece, Tiffany Vanatta, who preceded him in death.

Visitation was at St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn from 4 to 9 p.m., with a wake service at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30. A Mass to celebrate his life and faith will be at 10:30 a.m., with a time of visitation to precede the mass from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, will officiate, and interment will follow at Kaneville Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Donald Phillips Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at