Phill Emmerson, 91, of Sheffield, died Friday, July 7, 2017, at St. Margaret’s Hospital, in Spring Valley. A funeral mass celebrating his life was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 12 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, in Sheffield. The Rev. Mark Miller officiated. Burial followed in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery, in Sheffield, where military honors were accorded by the Clark Carrington American Legion Post No. 1031, of Mineral. A visitation was from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 11 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory’s Atkinson Chapel. A rosary was recited at 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Phill Emmerson Memorial Fund to be distributed to several local charities or to the American Alzheimer’s Research Association.

Phill Emmerson, 91, of Sheffield, died Friday, July 7, 2017, at St. Margaret’s Hospital, in Spring Valley. A funeral mass celebrating his life was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 12 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, in Sheffield. The Rev. Mark Miller officiated. Burial followed in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery, in Sheffield, where military honors were accorded by the Clark Carrington American Legion Post No. 1031, of Mineral. A visitation was from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 11 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory’s Atkinson Chapel. A rosary was recited at 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Phill Emmerson Memorial Fund to be distributed to several local charities or to the American Alzheimer’s Research Association.

Phill was born Aug. 1, 1925, in Princeton, the son of Mel and Alice (DeMarlie) Emmerson. He attended Sheffield schools and later served our country as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1950-52. He was united in marriage to Norma Hier on Aug. 12, 1950, in Kewanee. Phill was a lifelong farmer in the Atkinson and Sheffield areas, retiring in 1989 when he and Norma moved into Sheffield. He also was a longtime Hulting Hybrid seed corn dealer for the area.

Phill was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, in Sheffield; the American Legion, in Kewanee; and the Annawan Bolder’s Club, Western Illinois Bolders League and the Flemish American Club. He enjoyed, and was, an avid rolle bolle player. He loved to travel, and he and Norma traveled extensively. They enjoyed eight trips to Europe, 13 trips to Hawaii, and four trips to Alaska. Phill was proud to have driven in every state in the U.S.

Survivors include his wife, Norma; his daughter, Patsy (Robert) DeFauw, of Annawan; and son, James (Peggy) Emmerson, of Sheffield; grandchildren, Anita (Daniel) Rakestraw Rob (Amy) DeFauw, Jamie Emmerson and Benjamin Emmerson; two step grandchildren, Kristie Mansfield and Shawn Etheridge; great-grandchildren Hannah and Maddison Rakestraw and Nash DeFauw; seven step-great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Anez Emmerson, of Geneseo. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Roger and Rene Emmerson; and his sister, Alice Rodgers.