Elmer L. “Pup” Phillips, 88 formerly of Princeton, passed away Monday Sept. 30, 2013 at Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Center in Oakland City.

He was born Nov. 16, 1924 in Gibson County to Alexander and Margaret (Weist) Phillips. 

He graduated from Mt. Olympus High School in 1944 and spent two years in the U.S. Navy during W.W. II. He married his high school sweetheart, the love of his life, on March 6, 1945.

He was a member of Fairview Presbyterian Church where he was a former Trustee. He worked for Wheeler Oil Co. and retired in 1991. He had lived in Oakland City for the past 6 years, moving there from Princeton. 

He was blessed with two daughters and three grandchildren. He loved and played sports. He also loved to watch his grandchildren play in sports, always there to cheer them on. He enjoyed traveling with his family and working in the yard and garden until his health failed him. He loved his family and meeting other people. He never met a stranger. 

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Zelma Lucille Phillips; 2 daughters, Donna Zenthoefer of Princeton and Diana (Rick) Kinnaman of Oakland City; 3 grandchildren, Angie Zenthoefer, Jason ( Jennifer) Kinnaman and Stacie( Wes) Obert; 2 sisters, Shirley Welch and Marjorie Muncy both of Princeton; brother, John Clayton Phillips of Princeton; sister-in-law, Mary L Phillips of Vincennes; and lots of nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Harold and Henry Phillips; sisters, Evelyn McNeese and Virginia Rose Kirsch. 
Funeral Services will be 10 AM on Friday Oct. 4, 2013 at the Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton with Rev. Jerry Wibert officiating. Burial will be at Decker Cemetery near Patoka.

Visitation will be from 4 until 8 PM Thursday at the funeral home.