Phillip Gojko Magdich passed away on June 8, 2016, as a result of pancreatic cancer.
Phil was born on May 9, 1941, in Gary, IN. He was a first generation American. Both of his parents came from Yugoslavia (now called Serbia and Macedonia) as young children. They immigrated to Gary, IN, where a large Yugoslavian community existed. Phil was the youngest of three children. He attended Lew Wallace High School and then Indiana University. He received a degree in X-ray technology and taught anatomy and physics to X-ray technology students at IUPU - Indiana University and Purdue University. Phil enjoyed working with patients at the hospital but recognized early on that he would be unable to support his young family on that salary. He therefore joined IDS as a financial consultant and became a divisional sales manager in Kansas City, MO, and later in the Fort Lauderdale, FL, office.
Later, he joined Edward Jones Company and moved to Van Wert, OH, and was not only the branch manager but also a limited partner and a recruiter for Edward Jones. In 1995 he and his wife, Deanna, moved to Fairfield Glade, TN, to open an office for Hilliard Lyons Financial Services where he was a senior vice president. The first office of Hilliard Lyons was above the old Regions Bank which is now the Presbyterian Church. The office later moved to 5677 Peavine Rd. He retired from Hilliard Lyons in 2012.
Phil was preceded in death by his grandparents, Nick and Vanga Christoff and Stojan Magdich; parents, George and Sophie Magdich; half-brother, Terry Tchoukaleff; and daughter, Therese (Magdich) Shaver.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Deanna of Fairfield Glade, TN; son, Christopher of Westfield, IN; and grandchildren, Alexandra Shaver, Courtney Shaver, Cameron Shaver and Brock Magdich. His sister, Sandra V (Magdich) Laskody of Boca Raton, FL, also survives him.
Over the years, Phil was an active member and past president of the Van Wert Sertoma Club, past president of the Van Wert United Fund and an active Hospice patient volunteer. In moving to TN, he became active in the Fairfield Glade community and was the past president of Fairfield Glade Homeowners, member of Crossville Chamber of Commerce, past president of Hospice of Cumberland County, and was a strong supporter and on the Board of the Cumberland County Playhouse and on the Advisory Board of The Good Samaritan Society at Fairfield Glade.
Phil enjoyed the camaraderie of playing tennis, golf and poker. One of highlights of his golf game was getting a hole-in-one and winning a car at the Rotary Golf Tournament. It was the story of the year! He liked to say that it was obvious that not too much happens in Fairfield Glade if his winning the car was the number one story. He used to tell his poker buddies that it was not about the money he was winning, it was all about the fellowship!
Phil and Deanna were very fortunate to have been able to travel the world for pleasure including places like Europe, China, Tibet, Africa, Thailand, etc. but also to do medical missionary work in Brazil where Phil did blood pressures and Deanna helped as a dental assistant pulling teeth and in India where they both gave polio immunizations and stayed with a Rotary family. But, no matter where they went, they always enjoyed coming home to their friends at Fairfield Glade. They felt very fortunate to have been able to live in a place as warm and welcoming as Fairfield Glade.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at the United Methodist Church in Fairfield Glade at 11 a.m. on June 25, 2016. The Rev. Lanita Monroe will be officiating.
It is preferred that memorial donations be made payable to Cumberland County Playhouse, The Good Samaritan Society at Fairfield Glade or Hospice of Cumberland County.
Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on June 13, 2016