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Philip Lawless

January 31, 1932 September 2, 2015
Philip Lawless
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Obituary for Philip Lawless

PEORIA Philip E. Lawless, 83, of Peoria passed away at 12:18 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at Apostolic Christian Skylines.
Philip was born on Jan. 31, 1932, in Peoria to the late Thomas and Irma (Bibo) Lawless. He married Nancy Macefield on Sept. 1, 1956, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Peoria. She survives.
He is also survived by five children, Dr. Tim (Eileen) Lawless of Peoria, Ann (Mike) Cullinane of Jupiter, Fla., Julie (the late Dan) Rae of St. Louis, Jim (Sheila) Lawless of Peoria, and Mary (Tom) Molloy of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; one daughter-in-law, Katie Hannan-Lawless of Dubuque, Iowa; and 18 grandchildren, Philip, Patrick, Bridget, Alex, Jack, Maureen, Tony, Gerry, Angeline, Bethany, Charlie, Johnny, Will, Emeline, Cassie, Jake, Ellie, and Rose.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Martin and David; and one son, Peter.
Philip attended St. Bernard Catholic School and was a 1950 graduate of Spalding Academy. He later attended Loras College for three years and was a 1957 graduate of University of Illinois Medical School in Chicago. He was part of the first class to become board certified in family practice.
He was an Army veteran, serving from 1959 61 at the Sioux Ordnance Depot in Sidney, Neb., and attaining the rank of captain.
For the majority of his career, Dr. Lawless practiced with the ROL Medical Clinic. In the final five years, he worked as a physician for OSF St. Francis Medical Center. During his years of medical service, he was also an active staff member at OSF, serving as the medical staff president from 1986-1987.
After retiring, he volunteered with Heartland Community Health Clinic.
Philip was a member of St. Philomena Catholic Church and their Mens Club and was an active member of Mt. Hawley Country Club, where he had holes in one in 2001 and 2010. He was also a member of the St. Patricks Society and the St. Brendans Society
He was an avid golfer and sports fan, following his beloved Cubs, Bears, and Notre Dame. He cherished the annual summer vacations to Bethany Beach, Del., and the North Carolina beaches.
Philip was a loving father, brother, husband, and son and will be dearly missed.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Apostolic Christian Home for their compassionate care and generosity during Philips two years there.
A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, at St. Philomena Catholic Church. Father David Richardson will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, at Wright Salmon Mortuary. An additional visitation will be one hour prior to the Mass at the church. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, West Peoria.
Memorials may be made to the National Parkinsons Foundation or St. Philomena Catholic Church.
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