Lloyd Phipps

Lloyd Phipps

ROCKFORD – Lloyd James Phipps, 95, passed away Monday (Feb. 11, 2013) in Rockford.

His funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Champaign. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today (Thursday) at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy. Burial will be in Piper City.

He was born in a blizzard on Jan. 9, 1918, on a farm near Roberts to James R. and Effie (Cohenour) Phipps.

Agriculture education and the University of Illinois were of monumental importance in his life. He was a UI professor from 1945 to 1977.

Dr. Phipps was principal adviser for 32 doctoral students, author of 19 textbooks and consultant in Sierra Leone and South Korea. He was a past president of the University club. He founded and ran the Champaign Farm Bureau Grain Marketing Club for many years.

Surviving are daughter Linda (Jim) Slife; grandchildren, Mike (Melissa) Slife and Abigail (Tim) Edwards; great-grandchildren, Samantha, Julianna, Katelyn and Connor, all of Loves Park; stepdaughters, Carolyn (Bruce) Ferguson of West Orange, N.J., Carla (Joe Johnston) House of Atlanta, Ga.; step-granddaughters, Alissa (Fernley) Phillips of Hollywood Hills, Calif., Blythe (Carl) Emigholtz of Washington, D.C.; and step-great-granddaughters, Munro, Teagan, Hunsley and Isla. He was preceded in death by wives A. Louise, Helen, and stepson, Gregory House.

Memorials may be directed to the Lloyd Phipps Fund at the University of Illinois. Make checks payable to the University of Illinois Foundation. Send to 1305 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801 or online to www.giving.Illinois.edu. Indicate gift is a tribute to Lloyd Phipps.

Harry Wright wrote on February 14, 2013 at 10:02 am

Lloyd was a great teacher and influenced my life's work in education greatly. He always had time to talk about problems with his students.