Mr. Phillip E. “Phil” Schlabach, Jr., 62 of Elkhart, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019 at 5:54 p.m.
He was born June 29, 1957 in Muncie to the late Phillip Schlabach, Sr. and Emma June (Richardson) Schlabach Biggs.
Surviving are his children Phillip E. Schlabach, III and Kristen (Timothy) Routson; brothers John Clevenger and Jim (Terri) Richardson; 6 grand, 4 great grandchildren and his former spouse and friend Sherrie (Welker) Schlabach, who is the mother of his children. A great granddaughter, Violet Routson, and a son, Travis L. “T” Schlabach, precede him in death.
Phil’s life will be celebrated at Billings Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Elkhart, with visitation beginning on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm and services on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 at 11:00 am with visitation one hour prior. Phil’s son Phil III will officiate, and burial will follow in Rice Cemetery, Elkhart.
Phil was employed at Conn-Selmer in Elkhart for nearly 30 years and was set to retire at the end of the year. He was an avid car enthusiast and loved to work on classic cars and attend local stock car races where he cheered on his brothers and nephews as they tore up the oval at New Paris and South Bend. Phil’s outgoing personality and warm smile won him many friends, and he remained loyal to them throughout his life. When he wasn’t working or spending time with his friends and family, Phil could be found taking long rides on his Harley Davidson. All attending Tuesday are asked to drive their classic cars or hot rods.
On-line condolences can reach the family at the funeral home’s website. Memorial donations may be given to the American Diabetes Association or to Elkhart County Cancer Resources.
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