Phillip Michael Fangers of Union, MO, departed this life on Thursday, May 13, 2010, in Creve Coeur, MO having reached the age of fifty years, five months and twelve days. Phillip was born in Bourbon, MO, on December 1, 1959, son of Earl Sherman Fangers Padgett and Sue Ellen Fangers nee Hoffman. On November 25, 1988, he was united in marriage to Rochelle Jean DeClue and two children came to bless this union.
Phillip is survived by his wife, Rochelle Fangers of Union; by one son, Jason Welcher and girlfriend, Crystal Birmingham, of St. Clair, MO; by one daughter, Lisa Fisher and husband, Andrew of Villa Ridge, MO; by his parents, Sue Fangers of St. Clair and Earl S. Fangers Padgett and wife, Roberta, of Troy, MO: by two brothers, Earl Fangers and wife, Wilma, of Stanton, MO and Alex Fangers and wife, Tammy, of Anaconda, MO; by three sisters, Lorraine Lem Noranjo and husband, Bob, of Diamond Bar, CA, Ellen Williams of St. Clair and Sharon Patton and husband, Landon, of Winfield, MO; by six grandchildren, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Phillip was preceded in death by one, brother, Louis Gus Fangers.
Phillip was a Christian and member of the Union Temple Baptist Church in Union, MO. He was proud to have served his country in the United States Army as a Spec 4, entering on March 9, 1979 and receiving his honorable discharge on March 8, 1982. During his working years, Phillip was employed at Brown Shoe Company in Union and for sixteen years worked in the shipping department of Integram-St. Louis Seating in Pacific, MO. Phillip was also attending Lynn Tech College in Lynn, MO and was two weeks from graduating as a welder. He had many pastimes, including fishing and spending time on his computer, playing games or just researching. His favorite pastime was playing with his grandchildren or just spending time with them. His keen sense of humor always had them laughing. Phillip had a kind heart and was always happy, and the many memories created will be treasured.
A kind and loving husband, father, father-in-law, son, step-son, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, nephew, uncle, great and great-great uncle, cousin and treasured friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair with the Rev. Phillip Hudson officiating. Interment with full military honors was in Cove Cemetery in St. Clair. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.