On May 9, 2017 heaven gained a favorite son, Philip Bernard Schaub. Phil passed away at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on the family farm Jan. 31, 1935 in Centerville Township, Leelanau County. He was raised in a large family, which included 10 children.
In his late teens Phil moved from the farm to the Flint area, where he took a job at General Motors.
Before leaving for Flint, Phil met and fell in love with his favorite girl, Carol Spoor, and on Sept. 18, 1954 they were married at St. Michaels Church in Flint. They were blessed with two children, son, Phillip (Sonny) and daughter, Phyllis (Sissy).
In 1956 Phil and Carol moved their family to Traverse City. There Phil took a job at Tannehill and DeYoung and eventually at Coca-Cola, where he retired after more than 20 years of service.
Phil and Carol thoroughly enjoyed retirement up until Carol became stricken with cancer. Phil lovingly cared for her until she passed away in 2007.
While at Coca-Cola Phil worked alongside his son, and after retirement he would again work with his son (and granddaughter, Katy) on their family owned sales delivery route.
Phil's spunk and quick wit endeared him to everyone he met. He acquired the nickname "Pa," and it would follow him throughout his life. When in his company, it just felt like you were with your "Pa."
Pa will forever be remembered for his love of hunting, camping, fishing, snowmobiling, a blazing fire, gardening, NASCAR, chili dogs, Bud Light and his famous line of "That's a bugger." He was the king of euchre, and he never passed up an opportunity to visit the casino, especially with his favorite gambling partner, daughter, Sissy.
Pa had a cabin in the woods which was a favorite gathering place. Family could be found there enjoying a cookout or on most holidays, sharing a meal and the warmth of the wood stove. When the temperature in the cabin hit over 100 degrees Pa thought that was "just comfy." There was always a steady stream of friends stopping by to share a card game, a cold beer or a good story by one of his notorious bonfires. Phil's love for gardening was evident every fall when the pumpkins he grew decorated the altar of St. Francis Church, where he and Carol were members for over 50 years. He and his son-in-law, Frank, competed each year to see who could grow the best tomatoes.
Philip is survived by his children, Sonny (Karen) Schaub and Sissy (Frank) Rokos; grandchildren, Theresa Schaub, Kristen (Paul) Roell, Katy Schaub, Matthew (Jessica) Rokos, Frank (Amber) Rokos and Jackie (Paul) Orth; great-grandchildren, Carson, Drew, Carissa, Camden and Brenden Rokos, Brady and Morgan Orth and Abigail Roell; siblings, Eva Blohm, Jim (Wilma) Schaub, Jenny (John) McAulay, Bernard (Betty) Schaub, Mary (Melvin) Schaub, David Schaub and Elizabeth McNeil; sister-in-law, Ellie Schaub; and his kitty, Meow.
Phil will be welcomed to heaven by his wife, Carol; parents, Paul and Helen; brothers, Fredrick and Norman; infant grandson, Joseph Phillip Schaub; and beloved doggie, Yooper.
The family wishes to express their gratitude for the excellent care Pa received from Grand Traverse Pavilions, Birchwood Health Center and Munson Medical Center.
Friends are welcome to visit with Philip's family today, May 11, 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m., with a 7 p.m. rosary recitation, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 305 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, on Friday, May 12, 2017 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1025 S. Union St., Traverse City, MI 49684. The Rev. Fr. Kenneth Stachnik will officiate. Committal will take place at Oakwood Catholic Cemetery.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial donation to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with Philip's family at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on May 11, 2017