Bob Philip (Robert Taylor Philip III) died Sunday morning, Sept. 10, surrounded by his family.Born Jan. 9, 1946, Bob grew up in Detroit and Berkley, Mich. He received his bachelor’s degree from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and spent 14 years with the U.S. Postal Service in California and Nevada. Bob was also the vice commander of American Legion Post 100.Bob moved to Carbondale in 1991 to live near his brother, John “Doc” Philip. His parents, Marge and Bob “Archie” Philip, followed him to Carbondale that same year. He worked at City Market for 15 years, where he became known in the community for his great wit and humor.Bob is survived by his mother, brother and sister-in-law, Kay Clarke Philip, all of Carbondale. He was preceded in death by his father in 1999.Bob was a bighearted friend with an irrepressible sense of humor. He loved golfing, football, Lotto, friends, family, dogs, and good movies. With a poker face, he could perform every Three Stooges routine for his friends. On the quieter side, he could also master the New York Times crossword puzzles at home. He will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.A Veteran’s Memorial Salute will take place at the flagpole of Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Avenue at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, followed by a potluck at the American Legion Hall, 97 N. Third St. Friends are invited to bring a side dish if they wish. As a tribute to Bob, Hawaiian shirts are the suggested attire.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Valley Dog Rescue or to a charity of personal choice.
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