Philip Young

Born: Sat., Apr. 26, 1930
Died: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019


3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Dec. 17, 2019
Location: First Christian Church of Oblong

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Wed., Dec. 18, 2019
Location: First Christian Church of Oblong

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Philip L. Young, Christian minister, passed away Friday December 13, 2019 at Crawford Memorial Hospital Robinson, IL.  He was born April 26, 1930 at the Young homestead in Honey Creek Township, Crawford County, IL. His parents were Orville Phillip Young and Leatha B. (Akers) Young.  His sisters are Donna L. Young and Patricia Kay Young.

As a boy the family moved to a farm southwest of Oblong where he grew to manhood.

He graduated eighth grade from Smoky Row, a one – room school three miles east of Oblong. His high school years were spent at Oblong Township High School (OTHS) graduating in 1948. He graduated from Lincoln Bible Institute with a Bachelors Degree in Church History.

He is survived by his sisters, cousins and many friends.

It was from the Oblong church Phil learned to love and obey the Lord on May 14, 1944 and from here he left for Lincoln Bible Institute in 1948. His first sermon was on March 19, 1949 at Peoria, Illinois and his first church at Bethany Christian in Fayette County, Illinois.  Very fittingly his last sermon and last ministry were at Bethany Christian Church in Lawrence County, Illinois from 2011-2019.  This concluded 70 years, eight and one-half months of preaching, having missed few Sundays.  Thankfully, he was able to preach the last Sunday before his death.

He held long term ministries also at Bogota, Porterville, Hutsonville, Highland Church of Christ in Robinson (which he started and for which he preached for 7 years), Pleasant Ridge, New Hebron Church of Christ and Falmouth Church of Christ in Jasper County.  He also helped launch several other new churches.

In addition to the above he has held about 450 evangelistic meetings and worked extensively in youth camps (over 100 weeks at Oil Belt) and other rallies and conferences affiliated with Churches of Christ.  During the midst of this he took 7 years to teach Bible, Church History, and Archaeology at St. Louis Christian College.  Throughout the last 50 years he also led 16 trips overseas.  Phil was also director and co-founder of the Wabash Valley Christian Institute, a week-end training program for Christian men now having concluded its 17th session.

Spreading the saving story of Jesus in song and word was his lifetime ambition.  Praise God he was able to do more than 70 years of it!

Funeral service will be Wednesday December 18, 2019 at 10:30 A.M. at First Christian Church 206 North Range St. Oblong, IL.  Burial will follow in Oblong Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday December 17, 2019 from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. at the church

In lieu of flowers the family request an expression of sympathy may take the form of a contribution to Summit Theological Seminary Founded by George Faull Peru, Indiana or Wabash Valley Christian Institute, Bridgeport, IL. Envelopes at the church or may be mailed to Pulliam Funeral Home P.O. Box 121 Oblong, IL 62449.

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Melissa Waddell
   Posted Fri December 13, 2019
I have no doubt this man was met at Heaven’s gate by rejoicing angels. He is the first preacher I remember hearing and he baptized me with my sister. I have so many fond memories of him and some of the pranks my dad and other members of that church would play on him. He later worked at St Louis Christian College and was a lifeline to my parents when my mother was fighting cancer at St Louis Barnes Hospital. I’m so glad I bumped into him recently and got to speak to him. RIP Phil and I’m sure you are now reaping your reward in Heaven.

Sue Jones
   Posted Fri December 13, 2019
Rest in peace Phil. What a treasure of Biblical knowledge you had and of memories of Ole Crawford. The Lord certainly blessed you. Carl and Sue Jones

Lois wolfe
   Posted Sat December 14, 2019
So sorry for your loss, but oh the rejoying in heaven . Phil was a wonderful person, friend and pastor. He will truly be missed.

George L. Faull
   Posted Sat December 14, 2019
I have lost another Hero. Phil has been one to me since I was about 12 years old. We have been kindred Spirits in our Love for the Lord and His Word. He saved me from drowning at Camp as a boy, stood up with my brother at his wedding and preached my fathers funeral.( Len Faull) My memory bank is full of memories of him for 67 years and none of them are bad. A great preacher, teacher, Christian,and friend.

Brenda Fouty
   Posted Sat December 14, 2019
Oh, what memories of this special man! My husband wrestled with him and others before we were married, and when he was trying to give teens something to do that would build their bodies and spirits. That was the early 60s. Ron had the utmost respect for Phil, and he visited us in our home after we were married. I think he spread the Word in actions and deeds as long as he drew breath. R.I.P.

Dennis Steckley
   Posted Sat December 14, 2019
Phil was a wonderful man and friend. He was actually present at my baptism in September of 1962 when the "Way of Gladness" quartet was preaching a revival at the First Christian Church in Odon, Indiana.

Mick Laflin
   Posted Sat December 14, 2019
Brother Phil Young was a wonderful friend, brother in Christ, and fellow minister of the gospel. I met him many years ago, as he was a friend of my wife's family. When I lived in Oblong, I had breakfast with him once every month, along with other gospel ministers. We had many wonderful conversations, and we had a deep respect for each other. God bless you, Phil. You were a blessing to my life.

Ruth Ann Hawkins
   Posted Mon December 16, 2019
Donna and Kay, I am so sorry to hear that you lost Phil but we know without a doubt he’s in God’s arms right now. My parents were Andy and Mary Winks of Alma,IL. They loved to hear Phil preach and he held several revivals at the Alma Christian Church. Thankfully I was able to take Mother to see Phil at Salem, IL just a few years ago. And recently I sent Phil a few old pictures from Old Belt Christian Service Camp and a flyer from his 40th celebration of preaching. I am going to miss his newsletter very much. Blessing to both of you.
Ruth Ann ( Winks) Hawkins.

Billie King Scales
   Posted Mon December 16, 2019
Many of us grew up knowing Phil Young from church camp to wonderful old time revival meetings. In more recent years he ministered at Falmouth Church of Christ where Phil and his sisters served so enthusiastically. Our mother counted them as dear friends. He leaves a great legacy as he claims his heavenly reward for a life well lived. Our condolences.

Victor Knowles
   Posted Mon December 16, 2019
I talked to Phil on the phone just a week or so ago. We were so looking forward to working together at the Wabash Valley Christian Institute in April. A legend in his line 9 has gone home to receive his rich reward.

dale wands
   Posted Tue December 17, 2019
Donna & Kay: Sorry to hear of brother Phil's death but what a wonderful
way to pass from this earth to the next. I have many fond memories of
Phil and Larry as they held several revivals for me. He was a great example
of faithfulness and dedication to the Lord and the Word. It was my
privilege to have known him and he being a part of my ministry through
revivals and his involvement with SLCC. Dale Wands

Jim & Vicky Adams
   Posted Tue December 17, 2019
We have learned so much from him over the years when we have had the opportunity to hear him preach in Ohio. We know he is rejoicing in his reward with the Lord.

Albert Bricker
   Posted Tue December 17, 2019
Melody and I are saddened to hear of the passing of Phil. We are praying for you Donna and Kay that the Lord will give you strength through this time. We remember so much from the trip to Israel, and still talk about it. Phil has been an inspiration in our life. Even though He has gone to his heavenly home he will still be an inspiration to many as his newsletters, videos, tapes will continue to teach those who can go back in their library and study from them. God bless. Love in Christ. Albert and Melody Bricker.

Richard Sprague
   Posted Tue December 17, 2019
I always appreciated Phil's faithfulness to the Lord and his desire to preach the Gospel in the same way Peter and Paul preached it. I have know him since my days at L.B.I. in Lincoln, IL. May the Lord comfort the relatives and friends with that comfort mentioned in II Corinthians 1.

Dick Nrewer
   Posted Wed December 18, 2019
The restoration movement of the church will miss evangelist Phil young it’s always a joy to be in his trainings pray the churches in the wall base Valley Christian Institute will continue in the trainings that Phil has set forth
Dick Brewer

Dave Wright
   Posted Wed December 18, 2019
A great man has gone on to his place in heaven. Great memories of him with our family.

David Wright Family
Eric Pound Family (Sharon Wright)

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