Date of Death: July 31, 2018
According to Phillip’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private interment was held at Riverside Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Three Rivers on Saturday, September 15 at 11:00 a.m.
Phillip Gordon York, age 89, of Three Rivers passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at Thurston Woods Village, Sturgis.
Phillip was born in Flint, Michigan, on September 4, 1928, the son of David and Ruth (Elliott) York. He moved with his family in 1930 to Three Rivers, where he remained a lifelong resident.
In October of 1957, Phillip was married to Jeanette Flint, who survives him.
After graduation from Three Rivers High School in 1946, Phillip moved to Chicago, where he continued his education at Armour Institute. Before his return to Three Rivers in 1951, he was employed by the Link-Belt Company in Chicago. In Three Rivers, Phil worked with his father, a local home builder. In 1961, he joined the U. S. Postal Service, faithfully delivering mail to Three Rivers patrons until his retirement in 1979.
Phil shared his father’s interest in stamp-collecting from boyhood. Photography, however, became his prime hobby. He was a gifted photographer and could often be seen on St. Joe County side roads, capturing scenes of local architecture and landscape. He also had a lifelong appreciation for music and the fine arts.
Phil was a faithful and dedicated Christian, from early childhood a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Three Rivers, where he shared his gifts in the church choir and in a variety of other ministries.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, David E. York.
Surviving to cherish Phillip’s memory are his wife, Jeanette York; daughters Evelyn (Jay) Eichorn and Cathy Bradford; a son, Gregory York; a sister, Mary (David) Recher; and two grandchildren, Ashley Bryan and Jacob Bradford.
He should be remembered by all who knew him as a quiet, caring and unselfish gentleman.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Envelopes are available at Hohner Funeral Home, in care of arrangements, and will be available as well as at St. John’s.
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Uncle Phil, I guess that this is our final goodbye here on earth and you are already resting in heaven after nearly 90 long years here in this big blue and green ball. I must say that among the thousands of people that I have known in my life, you are one of the most remarkable. Your gentle, kind and understanding manner touched me so many times throughout my life. I had some short and some more extended stays at your house on Buckhorn Rd. In a very fast moving and harsh world , you were always an oasis of kindness, education and understanding. When you would show your stamp collections, I would dream and imagine those faraway places in my mind and wonder what the people were like. You know how much I respected and loved you as I told you this often as an adult. One fine memory was your visit with Aunt Jeanette to my house for “New Year’s 2000”. We had a huge snow storm but, you came anyway to visit. “Well, we made it to the 2000 Year so, what’s next” , you said. Our last “all nighter” together in 2010 talking about life, out failures and accomplishments is a memory that will stay with me forever. I know that you loved me and believed in me as a person and that mattered so much and so many times in my life. The world is better place when I unlock my memory box from you. Scotty