Ken Phillips, 72


Kenneth Hugh Phillips, age 72, of Sturgis, passed away early Monday morning, Aug. 15, 2016, at his home, surrounded by his family.
He was born Feb. 17, 1944, in Three Rivers, a son of the late Russell W. and Marie (Hasbrouck) Phillips.
Ken resided most of his life in Sturgis and was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1962.
On Feb. 5, 1991, he married Sue Ann Sprister Harmon in Las Vegas.
He retired from the state of Michigan MDOT following 33 years of dedicated employment. At the time of his retirement, he held the position of superintendent of highways.
Ken was an avid golfer who played anywhere he could. He played every year at Myrtle Beach, N.C., Gulf Shores, Ala., and a special golf trip to Ireland. He was also an accomplished bowler, bowling a perfect 300 game and an 800 series.
He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 17 years, Sue Ann; a son, Craig (Angie) Phillips of Fennville; a daughter:, Cris (Phil Dunn) Phillips of Kansas City, Mo.; two stepsons, Matt (Jayne) Harmon of Sturgis and Jason (Jakki) Bibb of Comstock; a grandson, Cody; four granddaughters, Megan, McKenna, Breckyn and Annika; a sister, Ann Gustafson of Edwardsburg; and nieces and nephews.
In accordance with Ken’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A gathering of family and friends to honor, remember and celebrate the life of Kenneth Phillips will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at Cedar Lake Golf Course, 3355 E-700 N, Howe, Ind.
The Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Ken’s memory consider Hospice of Sturgis, P.O. Box 126, Sturgis, MI 49091.
His obituary is also at, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.

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