“Dear Mr. Jones,
Thank you for your professional, compassionate spirit at my grandfather, T. G’s, funeral. I remember when you buried my grandmother 25 years ago (I was 7!), and your smiling face is just the same. The professionalism of your staff will always stand out in my mind when I remember this time. That is a precious gift. Thank you.
— M. D.
Philip Lorin Luce
October 18, 1923 - December 03, 2012
PHILIP LORIN LUCE
Philip Lorin Luce, a lifelong resident of Plainfield, IL, passed away peacefully on December 3, 2012 at Rosewood Care Center, Joliet. He was born in Plainfield on October 18, 1923. He was 89 years old.
Philip is survived by his loving nieces and nephew, Cynthia (Dwight) Coords, Judith (Morrie) Zollner and James (Holly) Luce; many grand-nieces and grand-nephews and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur and Muriel (nee Griggs) Luce and a brother, George Luce..
Philip was a graduate of Plainfield High School, class of 1941. A man of deep religious conviction, he became a member of the First Baptist Church on June 25, 1933 and was an AWANA leader, an usher and its financial secretary during the 1980's. He was honored for his faithful service to the Gideons Ministry and attended the monthly meetings for nearly 50 years. He assisted his father on Plainfield's first ambulance service, and at the Luce Funeral Home and Furniture Store for over 19 years. Philip possessed a wealth of knowledge about Plainfield and was able to recall specific details of events.
"After being raised in a home with Christian parents and having Christian grandparents too, as well as the teaching and preaching from my Sunday school teacher and Pastor, I realized in the fall of 1932 that I needed to accept Christ as my Lord and Savior. So I did accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior that fall. I am now thankful for all He has done for me since I made my decision and for all the promises in His Word that refer to the future. Philip L. Luce."
Visitation will be Saturday, December 29, 9:00 until 11:00 AM at the Overman-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Plainfield. Funeral Services will begin at 11:00 AM in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at the Plainfield Township Cemetery.
For those who would like to leave a lasting tribute to the life of Philip L. Luce, memorials may be directed to First Baptist Church, 4295 Van Dyke Rd, Minooka, IL 60447 or Gideons International, Joliet Camp 1215.