May 30, 1956 - September 22, 2021
Donald J. Phillips, Jr., affectionately known by many as “D.J.,” our playful, loving, and sometimes stubborn husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle, and most loyal friend passed away peacefully on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at his home. D.J. was born in Saginaw on May 30, 1956, the son of the late Donald J. Phillips, Sr. and the former Mary Ann Frank. He was a 1974 graduate of Arthur Hill High School. While at LeBoeuf’s Bar, he happened to meet Nancy Parks. They dated, fell in love, and were united in marriage on October 4, 1996. After taking a buyout from General Motors, D.J. worked for Wobig Construction and was a proud member of Laborers International Union, Local 1098. In his free time, he enjoyed playing and watching golf, hunting, fishing, sledding, and tending to his lawn. D.J.’s memory will live on in the hearts of his family and friends for generations to come. To carry on his legacy, he leaves behind his wife of nearly 25 years, Nancy; his children, Ryan (Ann) Phillips, Laura Phillips (Carlos Zaragoza), and Elizabeth (Adam Thon) Phillips; grandchildren, Jenna Colpean, Hylah Phillips, Ryan Phillips, Jr., Alandra Zaragoza, Sophia Zaragoza, Izabella Thon, and Jaxon Thon; siblings, Julie Oatten, David (Bridget) Phillips, Kristine (Paul) Tilot, and Steven Phillips; many nieces and nephews; his very good friend, Guy Pelkey, and his beloved dogs, Carl and Frankie. In addition to his parents, D.J. was preceded in death by his siblings, Sally Case, Robin Phillips, and Gary Phillips. D.J.’s family will be present to receive visitors on Friday, October 1, 2021 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM and again on Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 10:00 AM until D.J.’s 11:00 AM Life Celebration at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 1550 Midland Rd., between State & Gratiot. Inurnment will be held privately in Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be directed to Undercover Angels Animal Rescue or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The entire family wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to Heartland Hospice and Nurse Stephanie and their loving neighbors for their care. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.
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