Phillip (Phil) Sydney Banner passed on peacefully at his home in
Bellville on Jan. 24, 2004. He was 96.
He led a full and happy life. He was a loving and caring person,
always willing to help someone. A wonderful husband, father and
friend. Always thinking in a positive way. Accomplished and achieved
many feats in his life and was gifted with many talents.
He enjoyed traveling around the United States and Canada in his
He was born on June 9, 1907 at his country home in Kokomo, Ind. to
his mom Mary Banner and his pop Sidney Banner, formerly from
As a child he helped his pop raise thousands of chickens. He
newspapers on his pony. He built his own race car when he was a
teen-ager. Learning many trades in his life and completing all with
perfection. Loved music, learned to play the drums, piano and
marimba. Played in musical bands.
Then moved on to Hammond, Ind. where he started his career in 1928
as a signalman on the Indiana harbor Belt Railroad. He was a
faithful and dedicated employee for 45 years. He had a big part in
changing signal systems from mechanical to electronic operation.
During that time he married Mary Puchek. Together they built their
own home in Dyer, Ind. and raised their daughter Joanne Banner (Sorich).
Retired in 1973 at the age of 66.
On Sept. 23, 1985 his wife Mary passed on. In 1997 with his daughter
and son-in-law Peter Sorich, they moved to Bellville, enjoyed the
peaceful country life until his passing.
He was cremated on Jan. 27, 2004. His remains will remain with
family. We will cherish the memories he left us.
Arrangements under the direction of Knesek Family Funeral Chapels in
Posted by Joy Neely