Jason Alexander Phillips, 11, of DeWitt, passed away at 11:15 p.m. Monday (Feb. 27, 2017) at his home.
A service celebrating Jason’s life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bloomington, with the Rev. Thomas Wirsing officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bloomington. Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington, is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Trinity Lutheran Church, or University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.
He was born June 15, 2005, in Bloomington, a son of Nicholas J. and Kimberly J. Modine Phillips.
Surviving are his parents, Nick and Kim Phillips, DeWitt; a brother, Jacob Phillips, DeWitt; his maternal grandparents, Jan and Jim Modine, Hudson; his paternal grandmother, Linda Kampfe, Las Vegas; an aunt and uncle, Kelly and Charlie Payton, Hudson, and Jason's cousin, C.J.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, John A. Phillips of Moline.
Jason was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and attended Trinity Lutheran School. An avid learner, he never missed a day of school up until his diagnosis in November 2014. Jason was an adventurous outdoorsman with a love of hiking, four-wheeling, fishing, swimming and helping his dad with various projects. The consummate foodie, he was always willing to try new and different foods. Jason was a great conversationalist and a bit of an old soul who took great pleasure in meaningful conversation.
A lifelong animal lover, his ultimate dream was to be a veterinarian and rescue every animal he could.
He will be remembered for his great sense of humor … he was always entertaining and looking to put a smile on someone’s face. More than anything, Jason was a young man of strong faith who had a huge heart and a deep, abiding love for his family.