(Jan. 11, 2009)
Phillip Keith Schuster, 88, died Jan. 11 at his home in Powell of pancreatic cancer.
Phil was born Aug. 20, 1920 to Ray and Velma Schuster in Mancato, Kan. He was the third of 10 children.
Phil was married to his first wife, Audrey, for 18 years. They later divorced. They had one son, Kenny, who died in a car accident as a high school senior.
Phil later married Doris Moody on March 18, 1978 in Reno. He loved Doris’s children as his own, and he took great pride in being called Dad and Grandpa.
As a World War II veteran, Phil served from 1941-1945 with Merrill’s Marauders in the Army. Upon returning home from the war, Phil became a mechanic, managing several service stations, and eventually owning his own garage. Phil also delivered Darigold milk and, at one point, managed Cassie’s Supper Club in Cody.
Phil and Doris enjoyed camping and fishing on both the Pacific Ocean and Antelope Lake in California.
He survived both larynx and colon cancer earlier in his life, and he remained cheerful and he enjoyed entertaining children with his electronic larynx.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Kenny; sisters Eva Schuster, Margaret Thompson, Betty Shipper, Marcelle Bennion, Beverly Moore-Bennett; and his brother, Wayne Schuster.
He is survived by his wife; sisters Norma Roemmich, Neva Lindley and Belva Mulley; stepchildren Brent (Merlene) Moody, Debra (John) Jones, John (Liz) Moody, Scott (Vanessa) Moody, Cindy (Jeff) Justice and Sherri (Clint) Tomlinson; brother-in-law Don (Sidney) Banks; sisters-in-law Carol (Jim) Kemp and Colleen (Vic) Baca; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. at the LDS Stake Center, 1300 Heart Mountain St., in Cody.