Phillip Panther

Posted Online: April 04, 2014, 5:53 pm
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Phillip J. Panther, 59, of Long Grove, died Thursday, April 3, 2014, at his residence. He was surrounded by his family and passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial for Phil will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 7, at St. Ann's Catholic Church, 16550 290th St., Long Grove. Burial will be at St. Ann's Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the church. You are invited to join the family for a prayer service at 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Ann's. You may also pay your respects Monday from 10 a.m. until Mass time.
Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, has been entrusted with arrangements.
Phillip James Panther was born May 17, 1954, in Davenport, son of Everett Morris and Mary A. Bailey Panther. He graduated from Assumption High School, class of 1972, playing football and baseball. He then attended Muscatine Junior College, where he played baseball.
He was united in marriage to Theresa A. Barnes in 1981 in Milan. For the past 14 years, he has been together with his best friend and soul mate, Jackie Vens.
He retired in 2009 from Alcoa after more than 31 years of service. He had been a crane operator in the Thermal/Heat Treatment Department.
Phil's passion for sports from his youth carried over his entire life. He was a devoted fan and avid volunteer and supporter of the North Scott Community School District. He was proud to have coached baseball for many years and especially cherished being able to coach his own children.
He was a diehard fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his friends down at the farm or just spending time outdoors doing anything nature-related. He was proud of his family and enjoyed the time spent with his grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested to the North Scott Scholarship Fund in Phil's name.
Those left to honor his memory include his beloved best gal, Jackie Vens; a son and daughter-in-law, Adam and Kelly Panther, Park View; daughter, Melissa McMeekan, Rock Island; grandchildren, Landyn and Rhylee McMeekan and Keegan and Conlan Panther; his mother, Mary Panther, Davenport; a sister, Sally (Allen) McCord; brothers, Mike Panther, John Panther, Kieran (Loretta) Panther and Tim (Debbie) Panther; as well as numerous, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Everett; a son, James Everett "Jimmy" Panther in 2000; and a brother, Robert "Bob" Panther. May they rest in peace.
Online remembrance and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Phil's obituary at


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