Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel & Parkview Cemetery

2021 North University Street, Peoria, IL


Bliss S. Phillips

September 1, 1944May 13, 2020

Peoria – Bliss Stevenson Phillips (Steve), 75, of Peoria, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 10:49 a.m. at UnityPoint Health-Pekin. He was born on September 1, 1944 in Bloomington, IN to Bliss Madison and Edna (Whitlow) Phillips. He married Marilyn Landgrebe on August 19, 1967 in Bloomington, IN. She survives.

Also surviving is one son, Matt (Becki) Phillips of Dunlap; two granddaughters, Madeline and Morgan Phillips of Dunlap; and one brother-in-law, Richard (Bonnie) Landgrebe of Bloomington, IN. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Steve was loving husband, wonderful dad and grandfather. He enjoyed traveling, socializing with friends, and had a big heart for his pets and all animals. Steve will be greatly missed but will always be remembered.

Steve worked as a research chemist for the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria for 35 years, retiring in 2003. He received an Inventor’s Award from the United States Department of Commerce which he received in Washington D.C. This recognition of his contribution to economic development through his creative invention of low pH preparation of Cationic Starches and Flours.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Peoria, where he was also a member of the Wesley Sunday School Class. Steve was a Past Master and member of Alta Lodge #748 A.F. & A.M., a member of Scottish Rite Valley of Peoria, and Central Illinois Hot Wheels Club. He was an avid railroad model enthusiast and a member of NMRA. Steve also volunteered with the American Red Cross.

Steve’s graveside service will be private at Parkview Cemetery in Peoria. Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Loaves & Fish Ministry at First United Methodist Church or St. Jude Midwest Affiliate. Online condolences may be left at www.davison-fulton.com.


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Wayne Siebels

May 17, 2020

Marilyn and family,
I was sadden this morning to see in the paper that Steve had pasted. I know you are a very close family and his presence surely will be missed.
May God give you His strength and comfort at this time of great sorrow.
In sympathy,
Wayne Siebels

Stephen & Joy Butler

May 17, 2020

Marilyn we are sad to learn of Bliss passing away. You two always made me feel comfortable at your place on Capitol. I felt welcomed there and to be trusted by both of you to help move so many memories during your moving process. I really enjoyed getting to know you both better during this time. Thank you for the memories. I will miss Bliss. Steve & Joy Butler

Rita Loyd

May 16, 2020

I,m sorry for the death of your husband, Marilyn. He seemed like such a happy and caring guy, from what I saw of him at Olli through the past few years. Sympathy and prayers to you and your family. Rita O'Neil Loyd

Mark Tupper

May 16, 2020

Matt and Marilyn,

Many fond memories of the Phillips family. We had many fun time of setting up race tracks in the living room for sleepovers and love of cars. I still remember the Chevy Nova you were working on with your dad and us both running all over north Peoria after we enjoyed West Peoria at a young age.

My family’s prayers to you and fond memories are what I can offer you at this time.

God Bless.

Randal Braun

May 16, 2020

My condolences regaridng the death of Blioss Phillips. I met him when he became a volunteer at SeniorNet. A very pleasant fellow and I am sure that you will miss him very much.

A fine gentleman.

Robert Knott

May 16, 2020

I was fortunate to have worked with Bliss on Senior Net classes,
and found him to be a great guy with a great personality.
I know he will be missed by many .

Michael Shockley

May 16, 2020

Bliss and I shared a love of trains. When I went to Texas for a week for my job, he did all the arrangements to travel by train. It was a great trip and it was my first train trip. I am glad to have known him. Marilyn and Matt, please accept my condolences and prayers.
Mike Shockley

Judith Zipfel

May 16, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. Through our times of teaching together, at church, and at Olli I knew you two had a very close, loving relationship. I know you will miss him dearly. May God wrap His loving arms around you during this hard time and in the years to come, and comfort you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Judy Zipfel


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