Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 2, 2012, at Vine Street Christian Church in Arthur with the Rev. Dawn Ingram officiating. Burial will follow in the Arthur Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Shrader Funeral Home, 431 S. Vine St., Arthur, with Masonic rites at 8 p.m.
Keith was born Dec. 30, 1929, in Springfield, the son of Howard S. and Geraldine Berdina Piper Phillips. He was united in marriage to Margie Lee Williams in Sullivan on Oct. 2, 1948. She preceded him in death on June 25, 2011.
Survivors include two sons, Roger (Nancy) Phillips of Indianapolis and Reginald (Martha) Phillips of Charleston; one daughter, Renae Phillips and lifetime partner, Terrie Bennett of Lubbock, Texas; six grandchildren, Stephanie (Kyle) Phillips Scotten, Serenity (Matt) Phillips Row, Chad (Tiffany) Phillips, Hadley (Melissa) Phillips, Heather (Jamie) Phillips Lee and Christopher Phillips; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Keith was a good athlete and especially enjoyed participating in track. He attended Eastern Illinois University and played trombone in the marching band in 1948. He briefly worked at Arthur Factory Sales and was later employed at U.S.I. in Tuscola as the No. 1 Operator of the power plant from 1953 to 1988. He also helped his father on the family farm.
Keith was a member of Vine Street Christian Church in Arthur; Arthur Masonic Lodge No. 825 AF&AM; and the 32nd Degree Danville Consistory. He was a former mayor of Arthur for more than a decade.
Keith loved to fish and hunt pheasants and rabbits. He and Margie enjoyed spending winters at Anna Marie Island, Fla., for many years.
Memorials are suggested to Vine Street Christian Church, 249 S. Vine St., Arthur, IL 61911.
Condolences may be offered online at www.hilligossshraderfh.com.