Phil was born Jan. 8, 1925, the son of Lyle and Mary Elizabeth (Thomas) Reinoehl. Phil was a part of the Van Buren High School graduating class of 1942. Phil married the love of his life Edna Hardesty on Jan. 7, 1943. He was drafted into the United States Army Air Corps in 1944. Phil was based in England, where he served as a Ball Turret Gunner on a B-17 during World War II. While he was serving two of his brothers were also serving in the European Theater. Following the war, Phil was a mechanic in Clay County area for many years; Phil worked and retired from Peabody Coal Company in 1987.
Phil was a member of Church of Christ at McKinley Hill.
In his free time, he enjoyed flying, fishing, hunting, gardening and spending time with family, friends and his animals. Phil started his flight training in 1950 with a GI bill, where he continued flying into his eighty's. After retirement, Phil spent a considerable amount of his time in his wood shop and on the farm.
Phil is preceded in death by his wife Edna (Hardesty) Reinoehl, parents and his children Mickey Joe "Butch" and J Philip "JP."
Phil is survived by his children Sheila R McKee and husband Jerry, Brazil, Peggy Jill Elson, Brazil, Beckey Thomas and husband Rick, Brazil, Gregg Reinoehl and wife Sharon, Reelsville, 10 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, one brother Dean Reinoehl and wife Maxine, Brazil, sister-in-law Louise Reinoehl, Brazil, and many nieces, nephews, foster children and extended family members.
Service will be Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at 11 a.m., at Lawson-Miller Chapel with Minister Rick Thomas officiating. Burial will follow at Calcutta Cemetery.
Visitation will be Dec. 4, 2012, from 4-8 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family would like everyone to bring in a favorite memory, story or photo of Phil and Edna for the family to assemble a book. Visit www.lawson-millerchapel.com to light a candle in his remembrance.