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Donald A. Phillips, Jr.
  • Elder High School
    3900 Vincent Avenue
    Cincinnati, OH 45205

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Cincinnati, OH 45248
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“You were always there for me, whenever I needed an ear or a shoulder. You changed my outlook on life. You made me feel like I had a purpose. I will...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: David D'Agostino - Cincinnati, OH

“Dear Phillips Family,Donnie was one of the good ones! He loved family, teaching, and life. As an EMS instructor he touched so many lives with his...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Janice Evans

3 of 9 | Posted by: Janice Evans - Mount Holly, NC

“To all cousins many of whom I have not met, Judy & I will keep all of you in our prayers , in this time of sorrow. ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Judy& Jerry Geiman - KY - Family

“Always enjoyed stopping in at the firehouse and talking about old times. Sorry to have lost track after we retired. Always good guy. Condolences to...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Tim Hess - Lawrenceburg, IN

“Donny I will always cherish those days on Rescue 14 and ISPI working with you!! Your passing is a huge loss to your family, friends, co-workers and...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Tom Lepera - Maineville, OH

“RIP, Donny. Condolences sent to the Phillips family- so many fond memories of you when we grew up on Libbejo. ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Carol Bruch Spare - Waldo, OH

“Barb & Family: We share your sorrow & feel your pain. Bless you and your family. ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Roger & Barbara Howland - KY

“So very Sorry for your lose. I know how difficult this is. Remember between the tears it is ok to laugh at the fun memories. Prayers and love to all...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Kim Glassmeyer - Cincinnati, OH


PHILLIPS, Donald A. Jr. Beloved husband of Barbara K. Phillips (Nee Gerdes) for 52 years. Loving father of Kevin (Kim) Phillips, Julie (Tony) Bender, Joe (Larissa) Phillips, Jason (Laura) Phillips and Candice (Dan) Beck. Devoted grandfather of Josh (Megan) Phillips, Brianna, Madison Bender, Colton, Cadence, Cohen Phillips, Tyler Allgeyer, Mac Phillips, Addyson Beck. Cherished son of Donald and Irene Phillips Sr and son in law of Ruth Gerdes Holthaus (Nee Duebber). Dear brother of Steve Phillips (Diane Fry), Nancy Phillips, Tom (Debbie) Phillips, Doug (Tina) Phillips, Jim (Toni) Phillips and Donna Nelson. Also survived numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends. He was a proud military veteran and lifelong community servant. Don served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea during the Vietnam War. He was a pioneer in paramedicine and was one of Cincinnati's first paramedics. After retiring from the city as a firefighter/paramedic, Don went on to teach many of our region's first responders at Cincinnati State and Great Oaks. The passion to serve and educate was always present as his first teaching "gig" was as a boy scout leader for his sons' troops. Passed away surrounded by his family on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at 72 years of age. Visitation at MEYER FUNERAL HOME, 5864 Bridgetown Rd., on SUNDAY from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Simon the Apostle Church, 825 Pontius Rd., on MONDAY at 12:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Elder High School Annual Fund, 3900 Vincent Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45205 or to Honor Flight Tristate, 8627 Calumet Way, Cincinnati, OH 45249.

Military Service
U.S. Army • Sergeant
February 1969 through December 1971, Fort Dix