Life Story

Phillip Henry Wall

Obituaries in Geneseo, IL | Geneseo Republic

Coming from humble beginnings, his first job as a boy of 8 or 9 was hoeing button weeds in a soybean filed for his farmer neighbor. He held a myriad of jobs as a young man i.e. working at the Lynn Center feed mill helping farmers and selling Kirby vacuum cleaners. He developed an extraordinary work ethic and took pride in doing all things well.

Phil’s work took him and his family to live in several states, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Nevada and California. He loved his work as well as golfing, downhill skiing, reading and his Orion High School class reunions. He also enjoyed rehabbing his homes and real estate as he held a valid California real estate license. He was an extreme cycling enthusiast having completed 3 times the “Death Ride 100 mile Tour of the California Alps”, a torturous ride through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. As a Vietnam Vet, Phis was active in his San Jose, Ca V.F.W. Post.

On appropriate holidays he purchased and placed an American Flag on each grave site in the Veteran’s Cemetary honoring those who served our country. He was generous and always insisted on “picking up the tab” at restaurants at family gatherings.

Phil will be missed by his wife of 54 years, Jill, of Gardernville, Nevada and his family, friends and co-workers. He was predeceased by his parents Robert H. Wall and Ruth P. Wall-Dwyer and his sister Carolyn Sue Leonard-Linn. He is survived by his son Joel Wall, daughter Jackie Smith, grandchildren Jordan, Jack and Max Smith and his brother, Robert Wall (Vero Beach Florida) and sisters Rebecca (Jim) Buysse (Coal Valley, IL) and Marilyn Terlikowski (Freeport, IL, friend Li Ying and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Due to the pandemic restrictions, a private military service will be held in Nevada when times allow. To honor Phil, proudly fly your American Flag.

Posted online on October 10, 2020