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Philip C. Herbert, age 86, died Monday, April 17, 2017, at University Hospitals of Geneva, Ohio.
He was born on Feb. 3, 1931, in Buffalo, N.Y., the son of Russell J. Herbert and Rheta (Clark) Herbert. He graduated from Ashtabula High School in 1948, where he met the love of his life, Mary Lou Minto.
Upon graduation, he was employed on the railroad, but decided to enlist in the United States Marine Corps in 1950. He was honorably discharged in September, 1953, as a proud Marine Corporal.
On Nov. 6, 1951, Phil and Mary Lou were married in Ashtabula, Ohio. In 2006, they celebrated 55 years of marriage; Mary Lou died in February, 2007.
After his military service, Phil worked at the former General Tire (later GenCorp) as a lab technician. He attended Kent State University, Ashtabula campus for additional training in chemistry. Upon retiring, he and his former co-workers would meet every Tuesday morning at the Lunchbox to discuss (and solve) world problems.
Phil was an avid reader and enjoyed watching westerns, as well as documentaries on the Marines and the wars in which they were engaged.
He was a precision woodworker and furniture maker, crafting beautiful finished furniture for his family and friends. The perfection of the joinery and finish was his utmost pride.
He and Mary Lou enjoyed traveling the United States, as well Canada.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife Mary Lou in 2007.
He is survived by his sister, Phyllis Chambers of Lambertville, Mich.; his aunt, Ruth Hyslop of Fairport Harbor, Ohio; and several nieces.
In honoring his wishes no services will be held.
Published on April 23, 2017
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