PHILIP LYNN “PHILO” SCHROCK, 56 of Arthur, IL passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO after an 8 year battle with cancer and heart failure.
Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 15, 2018 at Penn Station, 122 East Progress St., in Arthur, IL. Casual attire is requested. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Penn Station with burial following in the Arthur Cemetery. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
Phil was born on July 16, 1961 in Tuscola, IL to Edwin and Viola (Yoder) Schrock. He married Michelle McDonald on March 23, 2002 in Arcola, IL.
He is survived by his wife, Michelle; sons, Nathan (Heather) Schrock of Champaign, Hank (Whitney) Schrock of Clarksville, TN; step-daughter Abby Taylor of Chicago, IL; parents Edwin and Viola Schrock of Arcola; brothers of Arthur, Harry (Penny) Schrock, Jake Schrock, Davey (Nicole) Schrock, brother Marcus (Pam) Schrock of Bement; sisters Margaret Miller of Arcola and Wilma (Dave) Schwartz of Nappanee, IN. He was a grandfather to Julia and Noah Schrock of Bethany, Wyatt and Tripp Schrock of Clarksville, TN and Brody Butler of Champaign. Philip is also survived by the members and fans of The Gunny Sack Revue, many of which he considered a part of his family.
He was preceded in death by his step-son, Ross Taylor; brother, Stephen Schrock, and his brother-in-law, Enos E. Miller.
Phil was employed by CHI Overhead Door Company in Arthur as a customer service representative for many years and was an expert at recalling the history of the company he was so passionate about. Whenever he travelled with his wife, he would proudly point out CHI trucks and would visit dealers if he was able to. Phil enjoyed attending dealer meetings and garage door conventions to match faces to the voices that he spoke with on the phone. Phil truly cared about the dealers he worked with every day. He was a founding member of The Gunny Sack Revue and could be found almost every Wednesday night entertaining crowds along with his fellow band members.
Phil enjoyed watching trains, playing his guitars, singing and writing music and capturing pictures of perfect sunsets. He enjoyed traveling with Michelle and working with her on home-improvement projects. His one request was that Michelle not operate power tools unless he was home to supervise. He was an avid Chicago Bears fan and was thrilled when the Chicago Cubs dominated the World Series in 2016.
There wasn’t anyone quite like Phil. His kindness and patience were never-ending. He could bring calmness to people when they needed it most. He gallantly fought a battle, especially the last few years when his cancer returned thwarting any chance of receiving a heart transplant. He and his family could never express their gratitude to his brother Marcus for the gift of stem cells which allowed Phil an additional seven years of life. Phil rarely complained. In the past he was able to overcome a few bouts with sepsis when it reared its ugly head, as a complication of chemotherapy. This time the sepsis won and took a man that will be greatly missed by all those who had the opportunity to know him. We are extremely thankful for all those who helped or treated Phil at Barnes Jewish Hospital and the Center for Advanced Medicine in St. Louis. We felt those involved with his care truly cared for and provided Phil with the best medical care possible with a personalized, loving human touch. We felt supported by those in St. Louis every step of the way. A special thank you to the dedicated staff on 8200 and 2100 who made sure he had everything he needed to leave this earth in a pain free and comfortable way.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.