Philip Arthur Cherry, 83, a life long Rush County resident, passed away March 26, 2014 in Rushville. He was born Aug. 24, 1930 in Arlington to Weldon and Marjorie (Winslow) Cherry. He married Phyllis (True) Winningham on July 13, 1971 and she survives.
Phil was a 1948 graduate of Arlington High School. He was a Rushville city policeman for nine years and was a charter member of the Rushville FOP. He worked for the Original Tractor Cab Company for 37 years and also worked as a clerk with Village Pantry in Rushville, Shelbyville and Morristown and Admiral in Rushville. Phil was head of security at Randall-Textron in Morristown for a few years. He served as Posey Twp. Trustee for eight years and was instrumental in having the new fire station built in that township. Phil was also a member of the Morristown Masonic Lodge F&AM.
Phil enjoyed his family, walking his dog Rosie and playing chess with Zach.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Phyllis, of Arlington; daughters, Kay and husband Joseph Beaupre of Pennington, N.J., Lyn Stribling of Seneca, S.C. and Bobette and husband Gary Hardin of Sunman; step daughter, Juanita and husband Dan Depuy of Lebanon; foster daughter, Rochelle Rudicil of Arlington; son, Doug and wife Kelly Cherry of Beech Grove; step son, Craig and wife LeAnn Winningham of Lebanon; grandchildren, Chris and Tessa, Elizabeth and Franklin, Todd, Curtis, Gary, Gabrielle and Emily, Ben and Mona, Katie and Matt, Charlotte, Alan and Lauren, Gil and Tonya; step grandchildren, Chandra and Jeremy, Ashley, Brooke, Tosha and Bill, Charlie, Sophie and Kichie; great grandchildren, Aiden and Elijah; step great grandchildren, Savanna, Nadia, Alexis, Ryleigh, Donovan and J.J.; special great niece, Amanda Capps; sister-in-law, June Cherry and several nieces and nephews.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Lawrence "Larry" Cherry.
A time of remembrance will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at the Knights of Columbus in Rushville. Friends and family are welcome to come and share their fondest and funniest memories of Phil.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Arlington Christian Church or the Family Worship Center.
Moster Mortuary, Rushville, entrusted with arrangements.