Phillip  Ribbe


Phillip Lee Ribbe, 82, of Monticello, Ind., passed away Friday, April 12, 2019, in North Canton, Ohio, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born July 12, 1936, in Danville, Ill., to the late Clarence and Fern (Longer) Ribbe.
On June 15, 1958, he married the former Marilyn Gerrard, who preceded him in death on December 9, 2017. Phil also was preceded in death by a sister, Beverly June Ribbe.
He is survived by his two sons, Charles (Teresa) Ribbe of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Richard (Marsha) Ribbe of North Canton, Ohio; five grandchildren, Tyler (Briana), Kara, Meredith (Bruce), Andrew and Alexander; and a great-granddaughter, Riley.
Phil was a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., and served in the United States Army Reserves. He had a distinguished career with NCR in Kankakee, Ill., for over 35 years and was a 25-year member of the CPC/100 Point Club for NCR's top salesmen.
He attended St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Kankakee, Ill., where he was a past president of the school board. During these school years, Phil was always present at his sons' sporting events, loudly cheering. He was a past president of the Kankakee Kiwanis Club and was a board member of the YMCA, where he was active playing hand ball and exercising.
After retiring, he and Marilyn moved to Monticello, Ind., where they were members of Monticello United Methodist Church. He served with Soup for the Soul ministry and sang in the church choir. In addition, he served several years on the White County Memorial Hospital Foundation Board. He enjoyed golfing, trading stocks and expanding his music collection.
Friends and family may call 5-7 p.m. CDT Thursday, April 25, at the Schreffler Funeral Home in Kankakee, Ill., and in Monticello, Ind., on Friday, April 26, from 10 a.m. EDT until the time of the funeral service at noon EDT, celebrating Phil's life at Monticello United Methodist Church with Pastor Brian Beeks officiating. Burial will be at 10 a.m. CDT Saturday, April 27, at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Danville, Ill.
Memorial contributions may be given to Monticello United Methodist Church or St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Messages of condolence may be extended at
Published on April 18, 2019
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