Alder Creek- John “Jack” Henry Phillips, 87, passed away on September 24, 2020 at Sunset Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Boonville.
He was born at the family home in Alder Creek, NY on November 6, 1932 a son of John Henry and Agnes Houghton Phillips. He attended a one room school house in Alder Creek until 1944 and then transferred to Remsen Central School where he graduated in 1950. He married Joan E. Conway in 1953 at St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville. Jack worked many jobs during his lifetime. He worked at General Electric in Utica, Olney Failing Logging, Lyons Falls Pulp & Paper and for Howard Gleasman and Clarence Payne as a plumber and carpenter. He also worked at H.R. Myers Lumber as a carpenter and plumber. His final employment was at Adirondack Central School in the bus garage retiring in 1996 after 25 years.
During his lifetime he cut logs and had them sawed out to build his home in which he was still living. He built everything except installing the electricity in 1963. He was always proud of his home. Jack was also proud of being a Boy Scout leader for Troop 13. In the winter in January they camped out one weekend during the year on the back hills of his parent’s farm in Alder Creek. If it got too cold or wet they would end up in the basement. They were very quiet so they did not wake the children. The next morning our house was full of 20 or so boy scouts and 3 or 4 boys scout leaders. There was the smell of hot chocolate, eggs, pancakes, bacon etc. What a great time and wonderful memory. The children all loved it.
Surviving are his wife, Joan; six children, Robin Sellers, FL, John III and Audrey Phillips, Washington State, Mark Phillips, FL, Kelly and Mike Alger, Alder Creek, Karen Gengler and Don Peters, MI and William and Caryn Phillips, Cold Brook; seven grandchildren, Clinton and Nikki Sellers, Michael Alger, Thomas Alger and Rachel Burke, Craig Gengler and Courtney, Tyler Gengler, Kyle and Miranda Phillips, Katelyn Phillips and Ron Spann; four great grand children, Jared and Emily Sellers, Abigail and Arabella Alger and Ron Spann III; brother-in-law, Gerald “Jerry” Babcock, Alder Creek and his family; Colton Grosjean and his children, Emalie and Colton Grosjean Jr.; Terri and Ricky Ryan and children Abigail, Rachel and Caroline; Jennifer Babcock and son Hunter Bickham; Julie and Kurt DeGraaf and son Shea. Also surviving are Jack’s in-laws on Joan’s side of the family, Donald Conway and family, Bret and Sherry Conway, Brittany Conway, Michelle Conway and Stephen Gallagher and son Tyler and Gina Gallagher and their daughter, Emma Rose Gallagher, Brent and Brock Conway, Judy and Doug Williams and their children Gina and Steven Stout and children, Mary Kathryn Stewart and Kimberly and Walt Hilliard and children Meredith and Madison Hilliard, all from Florida. He was predeceased by his parents, John in 1985 and Agnes in 1997, his only sibling, Sara “Sally” Babcock in 2001 and his niece, Laura Babcock Urtz in 2010, son-in-law, John Sellers in 2018 and his first child Sharon Phillips who died at six weeks in 1953. He was also predeceased by his father and mother in law, Lester Conway in 1981 and Kathryn “Frank” Conway in 1998, a brother-in-law Thomas Conway in 1944 and a nephew Bart Conway.
In keeping with his wishes he will be cremated and there will be no calling hours or funeral. Burial will be in Alder Creek Cemetery with his daughter. Arrangements are by Mills Funeral Home, Boonville, for an online message of sympathy please go to www.mills funeralhomes.com.