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Allan Homer Phillips

Allan (Al) Homer Phillips, age 83, originally from Crown Point, IN, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Gaithersburg, MD, with family at his side. Allan Phillips (Al) was known by all for his gentle personality, infectious spirit, creative energy, deep spirituality, curiosity and zest for life, love for music and dance, humor, and love for family.

Born June 15th, 1933, Al grew up in Crown Point and was a graduate of Crown Point High School (CPHS) Class of 1951. He played varsity basketball for 3 of his 4 years at CPHS. He was very proud of the friendships he made and often told stories of his high school years. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and Greek from DePauw University (1955) and a Master’s Degree in painting, graphics and print making from the University of Indiana (1962). Al honorably served in the U.S. Army during the Korean war. He pitched baseball during the war and toured around Germany and Europe boosting the morale of the troops.

He was an award-winning newspaper illustrator and inventor who created art for almost 50 years. In the mid 1970’s, until his retirement in the late 1990’s, Al worked as an illustrator for three print newspapers – Chicago Daily News, Chicago Sun Times and The Charlotte Observer.

Al is survived by a daughter and son-in-law Margaret (Meg) and Dan Ramir, Chicago, IL; daughter and daughter-in-law Kendra Phillips and Julie Chitty, Silver Spring, MD; grandchildren Rachel Leonor Ramirez and Matthew Allan Ramir, Chicago, IL; nephew Thomas Glen Phillips and niece Susan Phillips Paul and families. He deeply loved his dogs – Ziggy, Spunky and Bailee. His former wife, Sandra Franz and her parents, Irvin and Alice (Haymann) Franz, were also from Crown Point.

He is preceded in death by brother, William (Bill) G Phillips, CPHS Class of 1949; sister-in-law, Gwen Phillips; mother, Margaret (Williams) Phillips; father, Homer L. Phillips.Interment of ashes is at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville, IN. Donations will go towards scholarships for young art students in the Washington, D.C. area. Donations can be made at: Feel free to contact his daughter, Kendra Phillips at

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