Mike was born on January 6, 1948 in St. Mary’s PA. He graduated from WAHS in 1966 and from Slippery Rock University in 1970 with a Bachelors’ Degree in physical education. He began his career as a physical education teacher at the Warren County School District until his retirement in 2005. His greatest joy besides his family and his students were his swimmers. He was a dedicated swimming coach for over 35 years.
Mike is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Shirlee Jean Arthur Phillips. They were married in Russell United Methodist Church on March 21, 1970.
Mike is lovingly remembered by his children, Cori (Phillips) Dunagan, Kristy Phillips and her fiancée, Shawn Young, Kimberly (Phillips) Messenger and husband, Jason. his brothers, Joseph Phillips and wife Jennifer and William Davitt and wife Cheryl and Mike’s pride and joy include his seven grandchildren McKenna Darts, Tanner Phillips, Morgan Darts, Emily Darts, Spencer Dunagan, Madelyn Messenger, Jayce Messenger and mostly his Labrador retriever Murphy Phillips, all of Warren, Pa.
Mike was preceded in death his father, Leon Charles Phillips, his mother Anna Mae Beebe Phillips, his sisters Annette Ratchford and Nancy Noon and his brother Cloyd M. Bookwalter
The visitation for Coach Mike Phillips will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA.
A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family with Rev. Burfoot “Buddy” Ward, Pastor of the North Warren Presbyterian Church, officiating. Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Life on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 1 pm at the former Irvinedale Elementary School, 18 Hohman Road, next to Glade Township Fire Hall, Warren, PA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the YMCA scoreboard at the Warren Dragon/Warren Dolphin Swim Team GoFundMe page in memory of Coach Mike Phillips.
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