SAVOY – Philip Lovett, 71, of Savoy passed away Tuesday (April 9, 2013) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Phil was born in Urbana to Arthur and Helen Myrle Lovett. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Jean Brandon, with whom he recently celebrated 52 years.
Other survivors include one son, Rich (Heather Farnsworth) Lovett of Champaign; one daughter, Mindy Hoffman of Mahomet; three grandchildren, Eric, Alex and Lexi Hoffman, all of Mahomet; one brother, Darrell "Corky" (Shirley) Lovett of Urbana; sister-in-law, Julie (Randy) Taylor of Champaign; brother-in-law, Jerry (Nancy) Brandon of Las Vegas, Nev.; and sister-in-law, Jan Lovett of Urbana. He was also a favorite uncle to his many surviving nieces and nephews.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gene and Phyllis Brandon; brother, Larry Lovett; and infant brother, Arthur Lovett Jr.
At an early age, Phil began his retail career at the Country Fair Kroger in Champaign as a stock boy, working his way up to store manager at various locations in Illinois including Decatur, Lincoln, Macomb, and later opening the new Kroger on Neil Street in Champaign. He owned and operated several businesses and after retirement was a shuttle operator for the Windsor of Savoy.
Phil was a lifelong Illini and Nascar fan. He enjoyed working in the yard, spending time with his family and watching his grandchildren participate in sports and other activities. Phil was a member of the C-U Elks Lodge in Savoy.
Per his wishes, Phil will be cremated and burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Owens Funeral Home, 101 N. Elm St., Champaign, with a service to be held at 11:30 a.m.
Please join Phil's family for a celebration of his life at the C-U Elks Lodge, 903 N. Dunlap, Savoy, following the service. Refreshments will be served.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Phil to the C-U Elks Lodge, 903 N. Dunlap, Savoy, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Condolencences may also be offered at www.owensfuneralhomes.com.