Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
December 21, 2013 8:45 am EST


CENTERBURG — Richard E. Phillips, 75, of Centerburg and formerly Mount Vernon, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday evening, Dec. 19, 2013, at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.

He was born Dec. 16, 1938, in Pulaskiville, to the late Russell and Naomi (Axtel) Phillips. He was retired from the Knox Community Hospital Maintenance Shop, with 47 years of service, and a U.S. Army veteran. Member of the Covenant Christian Church in Mount Vernon, where he was a Deacon and on the Church Council.

Richard treasured time spent with his family and his church family. He enjoyed fishing and would do anything for anybody.

He is survived by his wife, Norma (DeVault) Phillips, and they were married March 21, 2008, in Mount Vernon; sons, Richard Buxton of Warsaw, Jay Durtschi of Mount Vernon, Tony (Clarice) Durtschi of Glenford, James (Sherri) Durtschi of Buckeye Lake; daughters, Kathy (Joseph) Mapes of Mount Vernon, Ethel (Michael) Mapes of Ovid, Mich., Billie (Mike) Salisbury of Mount Vernon; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, John (Katherine) Phillips of Mount Vernon; three nieces and one nephew.

Preceded in death by wife, Leota Totten Buxton Phillips.

Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at Ohio 61, Sunbury, where services will be held Monday at 1 p.m., with Pastors Tim Overly and Mark Tuggle officiating. Interment with military honors will be held in the Mount Liberty Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Covenant Christian Church or American Heart Association.

Condolences may be expressed at

Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.