Phillip (Phil) Warren Crabtree age 51 of Robinson, IL, passed away peacefully in Evansville, IN on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 5:24 a.m. surrounded by family.
Phil was born on March 3, 1971 in Canton, IL to his late father, Kyle (Debbie Yates) Crabtree of Smith Mills, KY and Kim (Kent) Daniels of Virginia, IL.
Phil was raised in Chandlerville, IL with his mother, Kim and dad, Ronnie (Andrea) Pherigo of Chandlerville, IL. He was a graduate of Chandlerville High School where he was active in basketball. He then attended Spoon River College where he was on the Dean’s list and received his automotive certifications. He spent several years living in the Havana, IL area before moving to Vincennes, IN. Shortly after, he moved to Robinson, IL where he met his Fiancé, Karree Milburn. Phil started his 25 year career at Auto Zone in Vincennes and transferred to a store in Robinson where he would eventually become Store Manager. Phil was a natural comedian with an orneriness that was sure to make anyone laugh and smile. Phil loved watching his three boys grow up, teaching them life skills, spending time with them and cooking for his family. He loved being outdoors, fishing, hunting, camping, frog gigging, and playing basketball with his boys. Sitting around a campfire listening to music was one of his favorite pastimes. He always enjoyed spending time with his family and having a drink with friends. His nieces and nephews always loved to hear their Uncle Phil tell stories of his younger days. In recent months, he enjoyed late night calls with his mom talking about anything and everything.
Surviving are his fiancé, Karree Milburn, his children, Deacon (16), Zach (13) and Abel (8) of Robinson, IL. Also surviving are his siblings Heather (Wes) Cooksey of Virginia, IL, Hollie (Kenny) Reid of Chandlerville, IL, Stacy (Bob) McDaniel of Chandlerville, IL, as well as his brother, Nathan Markee-Crabtree and sister Alicia (Aldo) Markee-Ala both of MA. Additionally, he is survived by his fiancé’s family, Connie (Justin) Dollahan, Justyn (Sydney) Milburn and Erica (Brandon) Williams. Phil also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents along with his father, Kyle Crabtree and nephew, Brock Reid.
Phil will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Psalm 116:15
Family, friends, and others whose lives Phil touched are invited to a Celebration of Life service at Hopewell Baptist Church in Snicarte, IL that will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, condolences may be made to Phil’s family at 509 S. Howard St, Robinson, IL 62454, for financial support while the estate is being settled.
Lori Fear says
Rip Phil you will be missed by many im glad i got to know you and hang out with you and Karree those were good times in the garage .til we meet again fly high my friend
Jody Tuttle says
We are so sorry for your lose Karre and Deacon, Zach and Abel.
Tara Leming says
Prayers to you all.. Phil was a one of a kind with a great personality..he could make anyone laugh at any given time..RIP Phil
Susan Culp says
So sorry for your loss
Eric York says
Rip Phillip you were a good man, you ran the autozone store in Robinson like it should be & you took care of your customers!!🙏 prayers to the family 👪🙏
Martin Haws says
Phil was a great guy. I am honored to have known him. May THE GOOD LORD wrap his loving arms around all his survivors. Peace out bro.
David Fancil Jr. says
So sorry for your loss. Phil will be missed. Always enjoyed talking with him at Autozone.