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Henry Otto Phillabaum Jr., 99, passed away Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Kokomo. He was born in Kokomo on July 28, 1918, Henry Otto Phillabaum Jr., 99, passed away on Saturday, September 23, 2017 in Kokomo. He was born in Kokomo on July 28, 1918, to the late Henry Phillabaum Sr. and Catherine (Crousore) Phillabaum.
Following high school, Henry was drafted into the United States Army and served during World War II. After he was honorably discharged from the military, Henry went to work for Haynes Stellite, where he worked as an inspector for 42 years, retiring in 1980.
Henry was married to Kathleen Oxley on March 20, 1945. She preceded him in death Feb. 4, 1982. He then married Beverly Hunter-Woodard on June 25, 1988, and she survives. Henry was an active member of Indian Heights Grace Brethren Church in Kokomo, serving as a trustee and usher for several years. He was an avid bowler and competed all over the country, and he played baseball for the American Legion in Howard County. He was also a member of the Disabled Veterans, American Legion Post 6, and the United Steelworkers of America.
In addition to his wife, Henry is survived by his children, Richard Phillabaum, Sharon (Ralph) Porter, and Peggy Smith; stepchildren, Deanna (Mark) Graham, Lorretta Jeanicke, and Kevin Woodard; brother, Paul (Linda) Phillabaum; sisters, Louise McCormick and Annabelle Zirkle; grandchildren, Jason (Michela) Phillabaum, Melinda (Rich) McGee, Daniel House, Seth (Gennifer) Miller, Rachel (Jeremey) Shiflet, Jennifer Miller, Jacob Miller, Nicole Graham, Nathan (Taylor) Graham, Jason Jeanicke, Travis Jeanicke, Monica (Ryan) Alexander, Kenlee (Christopher) Reinking, and Sam Woodard. Henry is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and first wife, Henry was preceded in death by a brother, William Phillabaum; sisters, Kate Pohlman, Martha Nelson, and Geneva Phillabaum; stepsister, Edna Phillabaum; and a grandson, Scott Phillabaum.
There will be a visitation for Henry from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home in Kokomo, with a funeral service immediately following the visitation.
Memorial contributions in Henry's name may be made to the Child Evangelism Fellowship of Indiana-Six County Chapter, or the Indian Heights Grace Brethren Church of Kokomo.
Published on September 25, 2017
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