Don Franklin Phillips
April 2, 1958 - January 22, 2024

Don F. Phillips, age 65, of Odessa Florida, passed away January 22, 2024 after battling cancer.

He was born April 2, 1958 in Charleston, WV, the son of the late Charles and Phyllis (Yake) Phillips. He was a graduate of Licking County Joint Vocational School and Watkins Memorial High School, class of 1976.

Don was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, son and friend to many. Each person has a story to share that will always keep his light shining.

He enjoyed long walks on the beach, vacationing with great friends, playing with the grandkids and taking care of his pups, Beatrice and Brutus.

Survivors include his loving wife of 45 years, Mary (Sager) Phillips; daughter, Amber L Waibel of Trinity, FL; son John C (Caterina) Phillips of Trinity, Fl. Four grandchildren: Denis (DJ) Waibel, Ryleigh Waibel, Oliver Phillips and Maverick Don Phillips; sister, Regina (Dave) Gladden, brothers: Gary (Cheryl) Phillips, Mark Phillips, Scott Phillips; and many aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, his beloved Aunt Rosie, bonus grandson, Fisher James Thompson, Walker family and the Wacky Travel Group.

A Celebration of Life is being planned for the summer in Central Ohio.


  • Kathy Houck Posted January 29, 2024 8:14 pm

    Oh Mary, sending my heart felt condolences for you and your beautiful family.

  • Kathy Houck Posted January 29, 2024 8:15 pm

    Oh Mary, we are sending our heart felt condolences to you and your beautiful family.

  • Marsha Aarons Posted January 30, 2024 1:43 am

    Mary, I am so sorry to hear about Don. I can only imagine the huge loss you all must be feeling. He was a very special person and I will always have warm memories of chatting with him in our front yards while he had either Brutus or
    Bea. My thoughts are with you and everyone who knew and loved Don.

  • Ed Glinski Posted February 1, 2024 1:32 pm

    Mary, Vickie forwarded. So sorry to hear this news. I remember when the kids were so small and we car pooled to downtown Columbus. Appears you have a wonderfull family with grandkids, etc. If you’re ever in Ohio, would love to have lunch and catch up. Again, so sorry for your loss. Ed

  • Rick Hoskinson Posted February 6, 2024 10:34 am

    Dear Mary
    So sorry to hear about Don. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • Barbara Schiering-Dipaola Posted February 8, 2024 8:56 pm

    Mary, I’m just shocked I didn’t even see this until tonight. I had no idea I am so sorry. Such a great guy I know how you feel anything I can do for you you let me know. I have you and your family in my prayers ❤️ 🙏.

  • Marylou Iantosca Posted February 17, 2024 9:41 am

    Mary I am so very very sorry for your loss. I’m keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

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