On March 18, 2023, Phillip D. Garlinger, 63, died at home. His parents, William Lee and Sharon Joyce (Fry) Garlinger welcomed him in Portland on July 17, 1959. In 1995, his father passed away.
Upon his 1977 Blackford County High School graduation, Philip enrolled at IVY Tech. He has held positions with Kralis Brothers Foods Inc., Cooper Farms, and Maple Leaf Farms. He belonged to both the American Legion and the VFW.
After leaving Hartford City, where he grew up, Philip moved back in 2010. He was a massive fan of the ocean and boating.
Also, he enjoyed bowling and participated in numerous leagues throughout the years. He also loved playing softball, fishing, and hunting. The size of his rack is listed in the state record book since he killed a record buck.
He leaves nine grandchildren, his mother, Sharon J. Garlinger of Hartford City, his sisters Sharyll (husband Fred) Martin of Texas and Carol (husband Brian) Yates of Hartford City, and several nieces and nephews.
He is also survived by his children Christopher P. (wife Kaili) Garlinger of Noblesville, David L. (wife Samantha) Garlinger of New Paris, IN, and Shelby R. (husband Andrew) McNeany of West Lafayette.
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Together with his sister Karen Criswell, he was predeceased by his son Daniel J. Garlinger, grandson Merrick J.D. Garlinger, and son Daniel J. Garlinger.
A Celebration of Life will take place after Phillip’s cremation. The arrangements are in the hands of Keplinger Funeral Home.
Donations can be given in honor of someone to the Ronald McDonald House at 435 Limestone Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202.
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