We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Adams Funeral Chapel
CHARLESTON, IL – Phil Anderson of Charleston entered the gates of heaven on November 17, 2021. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Monday November 29th at 6 pm at The Fields church in Charleston with visitation beginning at 4pm until time of service. Phil was known for wearing Hawaiian shirts all the time. His family would love if you would wear a Hawaiian shirt to celebrate with them at the memorial service. Memorials may be made to The Fields Church in Charleston, 2360 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920 and left at the visitation/service or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.
Phil was born on November 11, 1948 at his home in Cottonwood Township. He was the son of Lee Anderson and Hollis (Tate) Anderson. He married Charleen (Char) Anderson on June 7, 1969. He is survived by his wife Char, a daughter Stacey (Jeremy) Harminson of Mattoon, a son James of Sullivan, and six grandchildren, Keegan, Kendall, and Kayden Harminson, all of Mattoon. Ciara Anderson of Moweaqua, Logan Anderson and Kanin Elder both of Sullivan. One sister, Erma Jean Hudson of Charleston also survives. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and three brothers.
Phil was a 1967 graduate of Charleston High School. He entered the United States Air Force and served as a jet mechanic in Vietnam. After returning home he earned a BS in Business from EIU, completing all course work for his degree in 3 years. Phil and Char lived in various states throughout the years and finally settled back in Charleston in 1996. He worked at IDOT for many years and retired from there in 2011.
Phil was a unique personality. He was passionate about reading, collecting and shooting guns, riding motorcycles, smoking cigars, playing golf, traveling, and “killing Germans” on his Xbox. Phil was also passionate about knowing our country’s history and understanding our rights as a US citizen. He was happy to talk about this with anyone who would listen. He didn’t talk much about his service time, but he was adamant that people know that their freedom was not free, and it could be taken away if not careful. (Let’s Go Brandon!)
In the last year Phil received a miracle from God and it caused his faith to deepen. His family was shocked by his sudden death but are all comforted by the knowledge that he had a relationship with Jesus.
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