Culver Shares News of Former State Rep. Merle H. Phillips’ Passing
HARRISBURG – On behalf of the family of Merle H. Phillips, former state representative of the 108th District and lifelong resident of Northumberland County, Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-Northumberland/Snyder) shares the sad news of the former representative’s passing on Monday, Dec. 30, at the age of 85.

Culver worked with Phillips in the district’s legislative office in Sunbury for more than 20 years before being sworn into office following his retirement three years ago. Culver remembers Phillips as a man who put his faith and family first.

“Merle was dedicated and compassionate to the people of the 108th District,” said Culver. “He believed everyone deserved a second and third chance. Merle was a great mentor and friend. I will forever cherish his time here with us.”

Phillips served continuously in the House as a state representative from March 1980 through November 2010, marking more than 30 years of legislative service to the people of the 108th District. During his tenure in the House, Phillips served as Republican Caucus administrator, Republican chairman and vice chairman of the Game and Fisheries Committee, secretary of the Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee, and as a member of the Transportation and Appropriations committees. As a veteran of the Korean War, he was a staunch advocate for veterans issues. Legislatively, he also worked hard to support sportsmen’s issues and helped lead the fight against the tolling of Interstate 80.

Following his retirement from the state House in 2010, Phillips served as a Northumberland County commissioner. Prior to his service in the state House, Phillips served as the president of Irish Valley Food Processing, and served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps for four and a half years of active duty and two years in the reserves. He was also a long-time and active member of Emmanuel Bible Fellowship Church in Sunbury.

Phillips was a resident of Upper Augusta Township and is survived by his wife, Helen; his children, Sandra, Jane, Michael, Christine, and Lorri; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and brother Fred and wife Lauratta Phillips. He was a dedicated community volunteer, belonging to many charitable and service organizations over the years, namely the U.S. Marine Corps League’s Toys for Tots program.

Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming. For additional information on former state Rep. Merle H. Phillips’ passing, contact Culver’s district office in Sunbury by calling 570-286-5885.

Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver
108th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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