GIBSON CITY – Philip Hawthorne, 80, of Gibson City died at 2:40 a.m. Friday (Jan. 25, 2013) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Bloomington.
Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with Glen Hart officiating. Burial will take place at a later date at Riverside Cemetery in Saybrook. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday before the service.
Philip was born Aug. 1, 1932, in Bellflower, a son to Lester A. and Mabel (Amdor) Hawthorne. He married Daisy Daily on Dec. 2, 1960, in Gibson City. She survives.
Also surviving is a son, Timothy of Saybrook; three grandchildren, Jessica (Eric) Tjarks of Gibson City, Lucas Hawthorne of Willow Creek, Calif., and Lindsey Hawthorne of Cooksville; one brother, Jon (Sandie) of The Villages, Fla.; two sisters-in-laws, Mary of Atlanta and Kathy of Gilman; and one great-granddaughter, Chloe Tjarks. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Bob and Lester "Babe". Philip attended college for one year at Eureka, where he participated in football, and then transferred to the University of Iowa and graduated with a degree in economics. After college he enrolled in the Army, where he was a chauffeur for a general in Okinawa for two years.
After the Army, he worked at Hawthorne Implement in Saybrook, then McGrath International Harvester in Gibson City, where he was employed for over 30 years.
He was a member of the Lee Lowery American Legion in Gibson City. He played on a softball league, enjoyed bowling, and was an avid Ridgeview Athletic follower and Cubs fan.
The family would like to thank Heritage Health and CV Care unit at Advocate BroMenn Health Care. Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Children's Hospital or the First Presbyterian Church.