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Phillip "Phil" Allen Elwood

December 31, 1950 ~ February 4, 2020 (age 69)


Phillip Allen Elwood, 69, of Noblesville, Indiana, passed away peacefully in his home, with his loving family surrounding him on February 4, 2020, following a long and courageous battle with renal cell carcinoma.  He was born December 31, 1950 in Hartford City, Indiana, son of the late Odus and Irene (Murray) Elwood.

Phil was a fervent reader and collector of classic science fiction. He was also a writer having published 4 novels, 3 of which were an adventure trilogy of Bigfoot (his other passion). One of his novels, Stormy Weather, was a historical drama about a family during World War II. Phil acquired extensive knowledge of WW II because it was of great interest to him.

Phil was such a kind, gentle, good man without a worry in the world. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother.  He will be long loved and missed forever. 

As a Vietnam veteran, Phil proudly served his country in the United States Air Force (USAF). He was a 1969 graduate of Hartford City High School and received an associate degree in electronics. After relocating to Baton Rouge, LA, Phil became employed with Exxon Mobil as an Instrument Technician. After 32 years of service, he retired in 2012. He was a member of Grace United Pentecostal Church in Central, LA. In September of 2019, Phil returned to his home state of Indiana.

In addition to his parents, Phil was preceded in death by his brother; Mike (Barbara) Elwood; sisters, Donna Perry and twin sister, Phyllis (David) Flynn; eldest grandson, Evan Ara Elwood. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Tina (Cook) of 32 years; son, Chad (Maral) Elwood of Colorado; daughter, Christy (Merrill) Murphy of Tennessee; grandchildren, Joshua, Micah, Olivia and Sarah, whom he cherished with all his heart, and sister, Nancy (Don) Edwards. 

Phil will be cremated. At his request, he will be laid to rest next to his twin sister, Phyllis, in Hartford City, IN, his hometown.

There will be a graveside service later in the spring.

Bussell Family Funerals, Westfield-Carmel is privileged to assist the family in arrangements.

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