Philip Nathaniel Appleton

December 2, 1991 ~ July 13, 2020 (age 28)


Philip Nathaniel Appleton, age 28 of Wayne, passed away Monday, July 13, 2020 at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago surrounded by his loving family.

He was born December 2, 1991, in Geneva, the son of Lance and DeAnne (Skinkle) Appleton.

Philip – well loved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin,  friend and coworker,  and redeemed by Jesus, passed peacefully as his family held him on Monday, July 13, 2020.  Phil fought Ewing’s Sarcoma Cancer for seven months up until his last few breaths with grace, resolve, hope and good cheer, never believing the cancer would win. The steady flow of family, friends, coworkers and complete strangers that participated in helping him fight this battle through prayer, cards, texts, phone calls, ice cream, meals and gifts was received with humble gratefulness, giving him courage to fight each new day.  Phil loved and embraced life, earning his Eagle Scout status at age 15; participating in multiple musicals, choirs, bands, and orchestras from childhood all the way until cancer treatment got in the way; graduating from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana in 2015; working at Bosch in their braking division; volunteering at the CARS ministry at his church rebuilding donated cars for people trying to get back on their feet after a difficult life event; golfing, snowboarding, hiking, wakeboarding, playing cards, board and video games with friends and family alike, always available for meaningful conversations… Phil loved it all and was loved by all.  He was a joy and a treasure, and his absence has taken our breath away.

He is survived by his parents Lance and DeAnne of Wayne; siblings Laurel of Plainfield, New Hampshire; and Luke of Utica, Illinois; grandparents Russell and Muriel Skinkle of Berne, Indiana; and many dear uncles, aunts, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Robert and Bette Appleton.

A visitaiton for Philip will be held Sunday, July 19, 2020 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at Malone Funeral Home, 324 E. State Street (Route 38), Geneva.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the CARS ministry at Willowcreek Community Church, 67 E. Algonquin Road, South Barrington, Illlinois 60010 (checks made out to WCCC with “CARS ministry in memory of Phil Appleton” written on the  memo line), or to would be appreciated.

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July 19, 2020

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Malone Funeral Home
324 East State Street
Geneva, IL 60134

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