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Philip I. ‘Phil’ Jansma

Published: Friday, March 28, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
Philip I. 'Phil' Jansma

MORRISON – Philip I. Jansma, 76, of Morrison, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Trinity Rock Island, in Rock Island.

Philip was born June 9. 1937, in Morrison, the son of Herman and Eleanor (Dykstra) Jansma. Phil was educated in the Prairie Center Grade School of rural Whiteside County, and was a 1955 graduate of Morrison High School. He attended Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon. He married Faye Norman on Feb. 27, 1959, in Morrison. Phil served in the Illinois National Guard. Phil was employed by Brands Heating and Cooling and General  Electric Co., both in Morrison, Air Control in Clinton, Iowa, and most recently for John Deere Davenport Works, retiring in 2008. For 30 years he custom combined with local farmers. Phil was a 50-year member of Emmanuel Reformed Church in Morrison, and served as an elder, deacon, and Sunday school teacher. He also served as member and president of the Resthave Home Board of Directors. Phil enjoyed watching the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs, and coaching his daughter’s softball teams for 18 years. His hobbies were farming, fishing, and collecting miniature John Deere tractors. He also loved doing everything with, and for, his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Faye; three daughters, Ellen (Eric) Anderson of Prophetstown, Gwen (Steve) Baar of Morrison, and Jaclyn (Mark) Claerhout of Geneseo; eight grandchildren, Amanda (J.R.) Curtis, Devon (Mallory) Baar, Nickolas (Brianne Snowden) Anderson, Mitchel Baar, Neil (Samantha Johnston) Baar, Kari Anderson, Morgan Claerhout, and Greyson Claerhout; five great-grandchildren, Faith, Drake, Trevor, Dezarae, and Jaxon; one sister, Lori (Norm) Jensen of Decatur; and three brothers, Gene Jansma of Morrison, Ken (Glenda) Jansma of Fulton, and Calvin Jansma of Ashland, Ore.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter, Ashley Claerhout; and two brothers, David Jansma and Orville Jansma.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home in Morrison. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Emmanuel Reformed Church in Morrison, with Rich Criss, ministry coordinator, officiating. Burial will be at Grove Hill Cemetery in Morrison.

A memorial will be established by the family.

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