Phillip Gard

Phillip Gard

CHAMPAIGN – On Nov. 14, 2011, Phillip Ray Gard's adventure through life came to a close.

Phil was born Sept. 28, 1942, in Allendale to Harvey and Mary Gard. He has one brother, Gary Gard of Indianapolis, and one sister, Linda Mills of Allendale.

After graduating from Allendale High School in 1961, he attended Central Illinois Barber College in Decatur. Forty-one of Phil's 50-year career as a barber were spent at Lando Hair Stylists in Champaign. While he enjoyed giving a great "cut," he found meaning and purpose in the relationships he was fortunate to develop with his loyal customers.

Phil leaves behind his loving wife, Sandy Gard; a son, Derek Gard; and two step-daughters, AnJanette Shat and Nichole Dowling. Phil will also be greatly missed by his five grandchildren, Bailey Dowling, Logan, Isaiah, Simeon and Amaysa Gard.

Family and friends are invited to join together as we share hugs, tears, laughter and stories of Phil's life at a visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at First Baptist Church of Champaign. A Celebration of Life is planned at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, also at the church, where we will have a service to honor Phil's life and the time he spent with us.

Memorial gifts can be made on Phil's behalf to G.O. Ministries (10115 Plantside Drive, Louisville, KY 40299). G.O. Ministries is a Christian Ministry that his son Derek works with to bring hope and justice to the people of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.