Lawrence J. Phillips 1930-2022 | News, Sports, Jobs


YOUNGSTOWN — Lawrence J. Phillips, 92, of the city’s West Side, died peacefully in Briarfield at Ashley Circle on Wednesday afternoon, September 21, 2022.

Born in Youngstown on May 27, 1930 to the late Stefan Phillips and Veronica Janjic Phillips, Lawrence was a lifelong Westsider.

He graduated from Chaney High School in 1947 and worked as a crane operator at United States Steel Ohio Works until the plant closed. Larry then worked at the Tupperware Distribution Center until he retired in 1998.

Mr Phillips was a member of the former Holy Name of Jesus Church and was currently a member of St Christine Church.

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Larry was affectionately called “Gumps” by his friends and family. He enjoyed bowling and was an avid bowler for most of his life. Gumps also enjoyed playing cards, reading, visiting the casinos, and watching old westerns, especially John Wayne films. Larry’s family was very important to him and he enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family the most.

He leaves behind in his memory his son, Lawrence J. Phillips Jr. of Longwood, Florida; his daughter Kathleen (Kevin) Schmidt of Austintown; nine grandchildren, Felicia (Shane), Kira, Jamie (Sam), Katie, Marci, Krista, Dylan, Matthew, and Sean; three great-grandchildren, Andrew, Jenny and Jace; two sisters, Virginia Ferguson of Sterling Heights, Mich. and Dorothy Aikens of Minnesota; one brother, Robert Phillips of East Braintree, Mass.; and a daughter-in-law, Mary Beth Phillips of Youngstown.

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His 65-year-old wife, the former Agnes M. Hudak, whom he married on January 2, 1954, died on March 23, 2019.

Two sons, Mark Phillips and Jeffrey Phillips; four brothers, John, Steve, Raymond and Richard Phillips; a sister, Marion Kaler; and a daughter-in-law, Sally Phillips, also preceded Larry in death.

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Family and friends can gather to pay their respects on Friday, September 30, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Christine Church, 3165 S. Schenley Ave., Youngstown, where at 11 a.m. will be a Christian funeral mass is celebrated

Burial will take place at a later date in Calvary Cemetery, Youngstown, where Larry will be buried with his beloved wife Agnes.

The arrangements were entrusted to the Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown. Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view and share this obituary and offer our condolences to Larry’s family.

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