KEWANEE - Phillip A. Imes, 57, of Kewanee, died at 8:38 PM, Monday, March 18, 2013 at his home.
Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:30 AM, Saturday, April 6 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Deacon Martin VanMeltebeck will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be directed in his name to the Kewanee Schools Foundation. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
He was born September 20, 1955 in Kewanee, the son of Glenn A. and Mary Margaret (Schneider) Imes. Survivors include his brother, Bill (Judy) Imes of Los Banos, CA, four nephews, Steven Imes of Newark, CA, David Imes of Litchfield Park, AZ, Scott Imes of Fresno, CA and Brenden Nowak of Louisville, KY. He also loved his many grandnieces and grandnephews and more recently his great grandnieces and great grandnephews. He was close to his cousins, Kay Heaton, Susie Rhode and Bob Somers. He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Shane Nowak.
Phillip was raised Catholic and graduated from Kewanee High School in 1974 and attended Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg. He worked at Kewanee Boiler as a Machine Operator and then at Great Dane Trailers also as a Machine Operator. He was a Amateur Radio Operator (WD9IRE) and an active member of Kewanee’s Amateur Radio Club. He loved riding on trains, enjoying travel to a number of parts of the country. His last major trip was to visit his brother Bill and sister in law Judy in Los Banos, CA in October of 2012. Phil took numerous photos and made many videos of his travels. He also liked building model train layouts with friends. He was a weather spotter relaying weather warning information via his Ham radio. He very much enjoyed working with communications for Hog Days in Kewanee. He was an avid Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears fan and loved following Kewanee High School sporting events.