Phillip R. Schell

December 1, 1939June 10, 2018
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PHILLIP SCHELL, 78, of Cisne, passed away at 4:45pm Sunday, June 10, 2018, at Fairfield Memorial Hospital, Fairfield, Illinois.

Phillip was born on December 1, 1939, in Cisne, Illinois to Cecil and S. Elizabeth (Hilliard) Schell. He married Janice Shannon on December 4, 1960, in Cisne, IL. Phillip had been a truck driver for Wabash Valley Service Company retiring in 2003. He was a member of the Rock Branch Church, and had recently been attending the Cisne Christian Church both of Cisne, Illinois. He enjoyed knife making.

He is survived by one daughter, Virginia D. ‘Ginny’ Barnard and her husband Jeff of Cisne, one son, Raymond ‘Dean’ Schell and his wife Pam of Fairfield, IL; two sisters, Janice Lowe of Cisne and Elizabeth (Jim) Kasten of Rockford, IL; three brothers, Roy (Judi) Schell, Jerry (Glenda) Schell both of Cisne, and Charles (Helen) Schell of Oregon, IL; Five grandchildren, Kiera (Theron) Berry, Katherine (Kory) Cantrell, Caleb (Fiancé Madison Smith) Barnard, Larissa (Zachary) Powers and Noah Barnard; four great grandchildren, Kenlie Cantrell, Kole Cantrell, Kenna Cantrell, and Nora Berry.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice; his parents, and two brothers, John and Ivan Schell.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, from 6 to 8 pm at Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne, IL. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at 10 am at Hosselton Funeral Home. Burial will follow at the Cisne Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Kory Cantrell Leukemia Treatment Fund and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Arrangements under the direction of Hosselton Funeral Home, Cisne, IL.



  • Visitation Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 14, 2018


  • Burial

Phillip R. Schell

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Jerry Moore

June 18, 2018

Our Sympathy and Prayer's are with the family member's at this time. We have known both your Dad & Mother since High School, even though I went to Flora High School.. Jerry F. Moore

Kathy Young

June 12, 2018

It has been a blessing to have been able to call Phillip a neighbor and friend. He always had a smile to give and encouraging hug. He will be missed by all who had the privilege to know him and call friend. Love and prayers to Dean, Ginny and their families.

Sue Ellen Schneider

June 11, 2018

This world lost one of the kindest men to ever walk on this earth. I am so proud to have called him cousin. You leave an empty place in the hearts of many that knew and loved you. You will be deeply missed but always remembered as that kind soft spoken man with a smile that let you know he truly cared about others.

John and Darlene Hosselton

June 11, 2018

Ginny, Dean and Families, We have lost a wonderful neighbor and friend who was always ready to help. A very nice and caring man who will be missed in the community. Keeping the family in our prayers.

Paul Taylor

June 11, 2018

So sad to see that Phillip had past! I work with him in the spring for many years at FS. I like working with him, the obit said he was a truck driver. He was a lot more than that. He would not want to hear it but he was the go too guy if anything needed to be fix or taken care of it was him that did it. He was one of those guys that could do everything. I know he will be greatly missed.



To Phillip R. Schell, life was a blessing. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, he was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around him, he seemed to be eternally happy, and he willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life he touched. For Phillip, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, he could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Phillip really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

      Phillip was born on December 1, 1939 at home in Rural Cisne, Illinois. His parents were Cecil and Sarah Elizabeth (Lizzie) Hilliard Schell. Phillip was raised in Claremont, Illinois and Cisne, Illinois. Even as a child, Phillip had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around him. He was raised to be warm, caring and friendly.

      Always a good playmate, Phillip was easygoing and fun loving. He managed to lighten the mood wherever he was. He seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Phillip managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Phillip had five brothers: John Eugene, Ivan, Charles, Roy, Jerry, and two sisters: Janice and Elizabeth Ann (Betty).

      All of Phillip's playful good humor carried over into his adulthood. He was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed him to be constantly on the go. As a result, Phillip experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited him very well. He took part in basketball.

      Ask anyone who knew him from school and they would tell you that Phillip was a class “cut-up.” He didn’t do it to be unkind or to garner all the attention. Rather, Phillip simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of his friends and acquaintances having a good time. It could be said that for Phillip, grades may not have been the most important thing to him, but he really did enjoy his school experience. Since experience was Phillip's best teacher, he enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Phillip attended East Richland in Olney and graduated from Cisne High School in 1957. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. He received the American Legion Award.

      Phillip never actually encountered a stranger in his dealings with people. He was drawn to individuals and crowds, using his gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate his audience. This quality allowed Phillip to continually develop new relationships, ever widening his circle of friends. Phillip utilized his interest in others as a great way to connect with them. While growing up, some of his best friends were Carroll Rodgers and Jack Case. Later in life, he became friends with Joe Pyle, James Murphy, and Fred Shelton. He got along with everyone. Phillip loved sharing life and having his home filled with people he knew.

      The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Phillip very easy to approach. On December 4, 1960 Phillip exchanged wedding vows with Janice Doreen Shannon at Cisne Christian Church in Cisne, Illinois. He tried hard not to impose on his spouse. He was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

      Phillip was blessed with two children, one son, Raymond "Dean" Schell, and one daughter, Virginia Doreen "Ginny" Barnard. He was also blessed with five grandchildren, Kiera (Schell) Berry, Katherine (Barnard) Cantrell, Caleb Barnard, Larissa (Schell) Powers, and Noah Barnard. Phillip had the ability to focus his attention on the present moment. If he was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of his attention was directed. Phillip's compassionate side prevented him from being a strict disciplinarian, and he could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. He could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play.

      At work, as in life, Phillip was a real “people person.” He had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and his enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. When dealing with various projects and problems, Phillip was an adaptable realist, using his common sense and trusting his experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Phillip's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around him to see Phillip as an excellent problem solver. His primary occupation was a truck driver (fertilizer and sprayer) for Wabash Valley Service Company. He was employed for 31 years as a truck driver and then went back to work for them for four more years a few months later.

      Phillip enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Phillip liked creating and making things. His favorite pursuits were making knives, playing cards and pool. Phillip was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Phillip felt excited and challenged by sports. Even if he wasn’t the best, Phillip loved to participate and thoroughly enjoyed the competition and the pleasure of being around other people. Phillip relished the opportunities where he could make an impact, and he would often push himself to play above his abilities. A quick thinker who understood the basics, Phillip never seemed to get caught off guard, even when confronted with unexpected conflict. Recreational sports included golf, bowling, and slow pitch softball. Phillip was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were baseball.

      A generous person who often wore his heart on his sleeve, Phillip often found himself involved in activities he deemed important. He was charitable, kind and giving, qualities that made him a natural volunteer. Outspoken in his beliefs, yet tactful in his dealings with others, Phillip was a member of several community groups, serving as a volunteer fire fighter. Politically, Phillip was a Republican.

      Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Phillip recognized that his faith was important to him throughout his life. He was a member of the Rock Branch Church, but later was attending the Cisne Christian Church.

      Naturally outgoing and generous, Phillip was regularly doing things for others. For him, the gift of giving to others was second nature. Though he never set out to gain individual recognition, Phillip was given accolades for his many and varied accomplishments throughout his life. Some of his most prestigious awards included the American Legion Award and he also won some blue ribbons at the county fair for the knives that he had made.

      Living life in the fast lane suited Phillip just fine. He was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included a trip to Opryland with his wife and kids, a trip to the Bahamas with his wife, through work, and family trips that they took with his side of the family.

      Phillip was a lover of animals and cherished his pets, enjoying them almost as much as he enjoyed being around other people. Two of Phillip's favorites were Old Red, a mutt, and Blackie, a beagle mix. He had them for approximately ten years. His family also had a horse at one time and barn cats.

      Phillip believed that you had to experience life, and his life in retirement was no different. He retired January 13, 2003 to later go back to work at the same place on April 1, 2003 and work until March 16, 2007., Phillip took it in stride as one more way to have fun. His new life involved staying in Cisne, Illinois. With his boundless energy and a desire to get the most out of life, Phillip remained busy with people and projects. In retirement, he found new pleasure in family vacations, fishing at his brother Jerry's pond, and visiting with his children and grandchildren, He also loved seeing his great grandchildren: Kenlie, Kole, and Kenna Cantrell and Nora Berry. He also liked to walk and go for bicycle rides. Even in retirement, Phillip continued to stay in touch with his old friends and, since he'd never met a stranger, he made plenty of new acquaintances as well.

      Phillip passed away on June 10, 2018 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital in Fairfield, Illinois. He had stage IV cancer, but died of congestive heart failure. He is survived by one son, Raymond "Dean" Schell and his wife Pam of Fairfield, IL; one daughter Virginia D "Ginny" Barnard and her husband Jeff of Cisne, IL; two sisters, Janice Lowe of Cisne, and Elizabeth (Jim) Kasten of Rockford, IL; three brothers, Roy (Judi) Schell, Jerry (Glenda) Schell both of Cisne, and Charles (Helen) Schell of Oregon, IL; five grandchildren, Kiera (Theron) Berry, Katherine (Kory) Cantrell, Caleb (Fiance Madison Smith) Barnard, Larissa (Zachary) Powers, and Noah Barnard; four great grandchildren, Kenlie, Kole, and Kenna Cantrell and Nora Berry. Services were held at the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne, Illinois. Phillip was laid to rest in the Cisne Cemetary.

      Phillip brought joy to all of those around him. He never had a mean bone in his body. He loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. He loved to share his energy, wit, and his zest for all of his activities with his friends and family. He was a wonderful care giver to his wife and you would never hear him complain about anything. Phillip R. Schell lived life to its fullest and made everyone around him happier just for knowing him. He will be remembered with a smile and missed deeply.