Philip A. Borota, 67, of Toulon, Il. died at 1:01 P.M. Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.
Phil was born April 10, 1946 in Kewanee, Il. the son of Pete and Lillian Marie (Hassen) Borota. He graduated from high school in Mesa, Az. Phil served in the Army during the Vietnam War. He worked as a pipe fitter and welder and owned and operated Precision Fabrication in Yankton, South Dakota. He also taught welding in the South Dakota State Prison. Following retirement, he returned to the Kewanee area. Here he co-owned and operated Catalpa Grove Tavern with his special friend Karen Gruszeczka.
She survives along with two sons Chad Borota of Sheridan, Wyoming and Paul Borota of Yankton, South Dakota, two brothers Tom (Dessa) Borota and Steve (Joan) Borota all of Clinton, Iowa and his dog Spencer. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Paul and Pete.
Phil was a member of the Toulon American Legion Post #416, a lifetime member of the VFW, Kewanee Elks Ledge, Florida Eagles Club, Palatka, Florida Moose Lodge #184, 40 and * Local #768, Masonic Lodge of Yankton, South Dakota and a member and sponsor of the Spoon River Rider Motorcycle Club. Phil enjoyed watching the military channel on T.V., was a fan of NASCAR and the Seattle Seahawks pro football team. Phil will be remembered as a great story-teller.
Cremation was accorded. A memorial service will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday, April 26, 2013 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee where military honors will be accorded by the Toulon American Legion Post #416.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the services on Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Toulon Legion Post, Toulon Fire and Rescue or the Spoon River Riders Motorcycle Club.