Phillip Ames Theis died at the age of 79.
Born March 10, 1936, in Granite City, he was the son of the late Dr. E.H. Theis and Lida Cotter Theis. He was also predeceased by his brother, Dr. E. Howard Theis. Phillip was a graduate of Washington University, where he earned his undergraduate and Doctor of Law degrees.
Mr. Theis practiced law in Granite City for many years and was especially proud when his son, who also earned a Doctor of Law degree, joined his law firm. They practiced law together until Mr. Theis was forced to retire in 1996 because of failing health. Mr. Theis was Chairman of the Granite City Planning and Zoning Administration for many years prior to his retirement.
After his retirement, Mr. Theis and his wife traveled for several years in a motor coach, visiting all 50 states, Canada and Mexico. They lived in Naples, Florida and Swansea before returning to live in Granite City in 2010.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Tellor Theis , who he married Dec. 21, 1957. He is survived by two children, Terri Kaye Shaw (David) and Phillip A. Theis (Suzan); his grandchildren, Melanie Crews Welsh, Jessica Shaw Chance (Tom), Adam Shaw (Michael Pohlman), Sean Theis, Jenna Theis Donahue (Danny) and John Theis; and four great-grandchildren, Aiden Welsh, Ty Phillip Cooper, Skylynne Donahue and Jaxx Donahue. In addition, he leaves sisters-in-law, Sherri Tellor Ledbetter (Jimmy) and Lynda Tellor Teague (Tom); brother-in-law, Ronald Tellor (Robin); several nieces and nephews and many good friends.
Friends may attend visitation from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City. A memorial service will be given at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, at St. John United Church of Christ.
Memorials are suggested to St. John United Church of Christ, 2901 Nameoki Road, Granite City, IL 62040.