Phyllip Jay Newman, 85, of Bellefontaine, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Green Hills Care Center.
He was born in Bellefontaine on April 15, 1931, the son of the late Harry A. and Helen Schrader Newman. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Bernice Jennings; and his twin brothers, Gene and Dean Newman.
On Nov. 24, 1954, he married Patricia Ann “Pat” Paxson in Richmond, Ind., and she survives along with their children; Teresa Jo (David) Caudle of Pickerington and Brian (Tangie) Newman of Urbana; four grandchildren, Ryan (Nick) Montgomery, Holly (Levi) King, Sean (Stephanie) Newman and James Caudle; two stepgrandchildren, Levi and Jason Runkle; eight great-grandchildren, Annabelle, Aiden, Kaden, Kylie, Kailyn, Damion, Trinidy and Sean Jr.; a great-stepgrandchild, Macy; his twin sister, Phyllis Stephens of Englewood; and several nieces and nephews.
Phyl was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War. He was a member of the First Christian Church, Bellefontaine, as was well as Elks Lodge 132 and American Legion Post 173, both in Bellefontaine. He worked at Sprint Telephone Company for 36 years before retiring and belonged to the Communication Workers of America Union.
He coached many of the Bellefontaine youth sports teams through the years and hosted many Organ Street sporting events with the neighborhood kids. He was an avid fan of the Bellefontaine Chieftains, Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Browns.
Pastor Rose Michael will officiate a funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 23, in the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 321 N. Main St., Bellefontaine, where visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Belle Center, with military rites provided by the Logan County Veteran Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellefontaine High School Athletic Department, c/o Matt Comstock, 555 E. Lake Ave., Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311.
Condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com