Philip L. VanHook

December 31, 1936November 21, 2012

Philip Loren VanHook of Bloomington, Indiana passed away from this life on Wednesday, November 21, 2012. He was born on December 31, 1936 and was the son of the late Clell and Olive(Young)VanHook.

Philip attended Bloomington High School graduating from Ellettsville High School in 1954.

Philip joined the Navy for two years and enlisted in the Air Force for two years. He retired from Otis Elevator in 1987 after 30 years of service. He also enjoyed repairing and working on clocks and had an interest in car racing where he won several trophies.

He married Barbara Ruble on June 30, 1975. They enjoyed traveling out west for the past 37 years. Philip loved the mountains of Colorado, climbing and cycling the trails.

He and Barbara lived in Lake Wales, FL during the winter months for the past 17 years.

Philip is survived by his loving wife Barbara, daughter; Phyllis(Chris)Henry of Bloomington, granddaughter; Laura McCammon of Bloomington and one great-granddaughter; Jillian Dantzler of Bloomington.

He is also survived by two step-sisters; Gladys(Bill)Plew of Bloomington and Judy(Ray)Johnson of Ft. Mill, SC.

Philip was preceded in death by both his parents and his step mother; Anna Belle Ooley VanHook, one sister; Dorcas VanHook and one granddaughter; Courtney McCammon.

A very special thank you to Rick and Stephanie for all of their kindness and loving support during these past months.

Friends may call on Friday, November 23, 2012 from 2-8 p.m. in Day Funeral Home, 4150 E. Third St., Bloomington, IN 47401. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. Rev. David Warren and Rev. Larry Snyder. Burial will follow in Unionville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International, PO Box 614, Bloomington, IN 47402.

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  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 24, 2012
  • Visitation Friday, November 23, 2012
  • Visitation Saturday, November 24, 2012

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Doris Stillions

November 29, 2012

I am so sorry to hear of Phillip's passing. We shared many fun times at Ellettsville grade school and then later in high school. He will be missed as one of our much loved school friends.
Doris Stillions

November 26, 2012

Barbara, my family and I wish to express how deeply sorry we were to here of Phil's passing. You are in our thoughts! Love, Jon, Lisa and Laura Stantz

Donald Nicholson

November 24, 2012

Barbara, I just want to express my condolences. I wish I could be at his funeral. Phil. was like a brother to me,I will miss him very much, so gratful for all the memories of times we shared.

Deb Dicus

November 24, 2012

Dear Barb,you are in my prayers. May GOD surround you with HIS loving comforting arms now and forever.Please know that I would certainly attend the services if I could.It's a real blessing to have met you and Phillip, those who know him well know he will be doing a great job in heaven with Our Heavenly Father. XX

Mel & Sharon Higbee

November 23, 2012

Mel & I are thinking of you & wish we could be there to bring some comfort to you. In the days ahead, remember that God strengthens those who call upon His name.
Mel & Sharon Higbee
Lake Wales/Nalcrest, Fl

November 23, 2012

Faye and I wish to express our sincere sadness, for the loss of Phil. He was a
great friend and client for many years. May God Bless you, during this period
of loss. Julian & Faye Duling

Melissa Mulkey

November 23, 2012

Barbara- I just wanted to express my condolences. Phil was a sweet gentlemen! He will be missed.
~Melissa Mulkey from Sam's

Terry&Carol Norris

November 23, 2012

Grief can be so hard during the holidays, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one this holiday season.