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.

dgreeley wrote on December 08, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Phil and I went back many years at the Sixth Street shop.  He shared freely his medical trials and his resolve to beat his problems.  He was a man of great courage in that regard.  More than that, he was a true professional, of the kind we seldom see nowadays.  He was devoted to his "customers" and went far out of his way to accomodate us, even at odd hours.  He came in many times when he probably should have been in bed because his customers needed him.  He talked often of the Central America connection and how brave his son was to voyage out on those waters.  I will miss him.

Don Greeley

isew217 wrote on November 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Sandy and all of Phil's Family, I send deepest condolences on Phil's passing.  I always enjoyed our brief conversations between the yards in St. Joseph.  I pray that memories will be of great comfort to you in the coming days as you share each others company.  And that God's grace will settle in your hearts and minds. 

In God's Peace, Donna Guzy

ba422 wrote on November 17, 2011 at 11:11 am

Sandy, May God's peace and abundant love be of comfort to you at this time of deep sorrow.

Brenda Anderson