Philip E. Stephan

June 05, 1943 - January 10, 2021

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Philip E. Stephan, 77, of Kendallville died Sunday, January 10, 2021, at Presence Sacred Heart Home in Avilla.

He was born June 5, 1943, in Fort Wayne to Donald and Georgia (Nichols) Stephan.

He graduated from Northside High School in Fort Wayne.

On November 9, 1963, in Kendallville he married Sue Ann Menzel.

Mr. Stephen retired from International Harvester/Navistar. He then worked at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home in Fort Wayne. After his move to Kendallville in December of 2010, he worked for Young Family Funeral Homes.

He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Kendallville and a former member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne.

Phil was definitely a people-person. He enjoyed talking and ministering to everyone.

Surviving are his wife, Sue Stephan of Kendallville; a daughter, Noelle Stephan of Kendallville; a son, Philip (Deborah) Stephan, II of Kendallville; and four grandsons, Grant, Noah, Christian, and Colin.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Janet McGuire.

Due to restrictions of COVID, private funeral services will be held at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville with Chaplain Mike Wakeland of Lutheran Life Villages in Kendallville officiating. Burial will follow at Lake View Cemetery in Kendallville.

Pallbearers are Philip Stephan, II, Grant Stephan, Noah Stephan, Christian Stephan, Colin Stephan, and Jonathan Hunter.

The family would like to invite family and friends to view Phil’s service on the Young Family Funeral Home Facebook page on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 11 a.m.

Preferred memorials may be directed to Church Doctor Ministries, 1230 US 6, #145, Corunna, Indiana, 46730.

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Wendy and missy moore
January 16th, 2021 3:07am

So sorry for your loss. Really loved seeing your husband and you at nursing home. The Lord help you during this time.

Tom Kiely
January 15th, 2021 4:49pm
Churubusco Indiana

I am thankful for the man of God that is Phil Stephen senior. I am praying for your family and I'm sorry for your loss.

Dennis & Sharon Kiess
January 14th, 2021 3:41pm

Sue, We are so very sorry to see Phils passing. He was such a kind, mild mannered guy, and we were blessed to call him friend. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Doris Elaine (Medsker) Palmer
January 14th, 2021 10:29am
Fort Wayne

I graduated from North Side High School in 1961 with Phil. I occasionally had lunch with him and another friend during our senior year. Phil was a very polite and kind person. He will be missed from our Redskin family. Sincere condolences to his family and friends. RIP Phil.

Kim Bennett
January 13th, 2021 3:28pm

My condolences to the Stephan family. Phil and his family were my neighbors for quite sometime. Such wonderful people!

Belinda and Michael Corps
January 13th, 2021 2:31pm

The Lord, our God, be with all of you to comfort and bring peace. We have missed visiting with him. .Phil is whole again being with the Lord. We used to have some deep conversations, cats, the Bible, people's behavior and one was about the movie, "Somewhere in Time". .We shall meet again Phil, somewhere in time. Praying for all.

Don & Carolyn Nicole
January 12th, 2021 10:54pm
Fort Wayne, IN

Dear Sue, Noelle, and Philip: We are so sorry to hear about our dear friend Phil's passing. You have our Sincere Sympathy. Sorry that COVID is here and that we can't be with you. We will be in touch and you are in our prayers. God's blessings to you all.

Bruce Habig
January 12th, 2021 7:21pm
Larchmont, NY

Sue and family, My heart is saddened to learn of Phil's passing. I have fond memories of family gatherings mostly over Christmas holidays, although they were a number of years ago. May the peace that comes from the good and joyful times together comfort you in the days ahead.

Ron Bade
January 12th, 2021 5:38pm

So sorry about Phil. I will always remember his smile and laugh. I remember fondly our time together at Holy Cross.

Steve Reith
January 12th, 2021 4:57pm
Fort Wayne

Sue, I pray that the Lord will comfort you & your family during this time. I always enjoyed the time that I was around Phil. He was always so positive & never said an unkind word about anyone.

Bill Gehring
January 12th, 2021 4:42pm

Good memory when Phil took pictures of the parade tractors a few years ago Thinking of all of you

Jim and Bonnie Deetz
January 12th, 2021 2:00pm

Sue and Family, We are so sorry to hear of Phil's passing. We always enjoyed seeing him. May God's presence and grace light the way for you as you process this loss. Prayers for all of you.

Holly Thiebaut
January 12th, 2021 1:58pm
Ft Wayne

Noelle I’m so sorry for your loss of your Dad.

Tiffany Slovan
January 11th, 2021 6:57pm
Fort Wayne, IN

My deepest sympathies to Phil's family. I am honored to have met him. He was a very sweet man who loved his family very much. Prayers of comfort, love and strength are going up for his family during this time.