Philip Keith McClurkin

1925 - 2012

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Philip Keith McClurkin, 87, of Findlay died at 10:05 PM Thursday, October 25, 2012 at the Bridge Hospice Center. He was born on Jan. 9, 1925 in Burlington, Iowa to the late Keith L. and Cleora (Shutter) McClurkin. On Aug. 15, 1981 he married Vicki J. (Bryan) Sigman and she survives. Also surviving are five children, Melanie McClurkin of North Wales, PA, Philip James McClurkin of Lansdale,PA, Chip (Kelley) McClurkin of Findlay, OH (from his marriage to Joan Alston), Christopher (Kym) Sigman of Cincinnati, OH, Jonathan (LaKeisha) Sigman of Lima, OH, and two grandchildren, Ashiana and Nakiya. Phil graduated from Morning Sun High School (Iowa) in 1942 where, as a junior, he joined the band as a drummer. Upon graduation, he began touring with a dance band until 1943, when he was drafted into the United States Army serving in Africa, India, Burma, and China throughout World War II. He was in the 36th Special Service Company, as a musician, which had the primary responsibility of entertaining the troupes. He graduated from University of Missouri in 1950 with a degree in Music Education. There he played in the marching band. Upon graduation, he taught public school music in Illinois, managed a chain of music stores in Virginia, and was a district manager for Kimball Piano Co. In the mid 1960's, Phil purchased Porter Music, which had stores in Findlay and Lima, and operated them for many years. After owning Porter Music, Phil worked for Jim Herrin Pontiac and Davis and Newcomer Elevator Co. Phil performed in local dance bands throughout northwest Ohio in the 60's and 70's. Throughout his life, he was also active in numerous productions for Findlay Light Opera, Fort Findlay Playhouse, and the University of Findlay, where, in 2010 he was inducted into the University of Findlay Curtain Raisers Society Performing Arts Wall of Fame. He had been active in Rotary and Kiwanis clubs. Phil has also been a longstanding member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he sang in the choir. Phil was passionate for all sports. He loved and participated in auto racing for many years. He loved football (Go Bucks!), basketball, and golf. Later on he was involved in table tennis, where, in 1995 and 1996 he placed first in the regional Senior Olympics. Phil was a passionate, caring, unique character, whose humor could not be topped. He had more zest and love for life and family than most. Visitation will be from 2:00 - 4:00 & 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Findlay. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 2, 2012 at First Presbyterian Church, Findlay. Pastors Patrick Cherry and Chip Steffy will officiate and burial will follow in Knollcrest Cemetery, east of Findlay, where full military rites will be conducted by the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the University of Findlay Theater Program or Music Program, First Presbyterian Church Music Fund, and/or Bridge Home Health and Hospice. Online condolences may be made via

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Thursday, November 1st 2012 2:00 - 4:00 & 6:00 - 8:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Friday, November 2nd 2012 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    First Presbyterian Church [Map]
    2330 South Main St.
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Knollcrest Cemetery [Map]
    18085 S.R. 12
    Arcadia, Ohio 44804

  • Contributions:

    The University of Findlay Theater and Music Program
    1000 North Main Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

    First Presbyterian Church
    2330 South Main Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

    Bridge Home Health & Hospice
    15100 Birchaven Lane
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

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To : Vicki and family
Date :Thursday, November 1st 2012
From : Cheryl and Eileen Buckland
We are so sorry that we are unable to pay our respects this evening Mother has been home ill the past several days but looks forward to seeing you in the near future We extend our deepest sympathy to all of you over Phil's passing I have many fond memories of him from my days of piano lessons at Porter Music Store May God Bless all of you in the weeks and months ahead Fondlay Cheryl and Eileen

To : Vicki
Date :Thursday, November 1st 2012
From : Tami Wallace
VickiIt was always a pleasure to work on stage with Phil He was ornery as the dickens but he had fun and his smile radiated across the stage and through the audienceSo thankful to have worked with him God bless during this timeTami Wallace

To : McClurkin family
Date :Tuesday, October 30th 2012
From : Bill Brinkman
Chip and allSorry about your dad you have our sympathy

To : Vicki
Date :Tuesday, October 30th 2012
From : Heather
My thoughts and heart is with you Vicki I so wish I could be in Findlay to give you a great big hug Phil was a wonderful man and I feel so lucky that I was able to know him and even share the stage with him He was funny and so kind I am sending all my love to you

To : Phil McClurkin's Family
Date :Tuesday, October 30th 2012
From : Jerry Park
Sympathy and Best Regards to Phil's family whom I haven't met In the early '70s I was one of those kids who used to loiter in the Porter Music store pawing instruments and driving the sales staff nutsPhil was always patient and welcoming allowing us into the practice rooms even though we kids rarely bought much Through Phil we made contacts with musicians and some musical knowledge must have rubbed offMay memories of Phil and your loved ones' support give you strength

To : Vicki
Date :Monday, October 29th 2012
From : Larry Dougherty
Vicki I'll miss my old friendWorld class character and personality Should have been o Seinfeld

To : Vicki and family
Date :Monday, October 29th 2012
From : Bonnie Scherger
Vicki What can one say Phil was a wonderfully unique funny caring loving man I will miss having conversations with him I am so glad I got to chat with him in August Take care and see you Friday Love and Prayers Bonnie and Bethany

To : Vicki and family
Date :Monday, October 29th 2012
From : the Armstrong's
Phil We will miss your quick wit your quirky disposition and your zest for life Vicki We love youMatt Garry and Bradley Armstrong

To : Vicki McClurkin
Date :Monday, October 29th 2012
From : Don and Julie Coletta
Dear VickiOur heartfelt sympathy is extended to you and your family on the passing of Phil Please know you are in our thoughts and prayersLoveDon and Julie Coletta

To : Vicki and Family
Date :Friday, November 2nd 2012
From : Brennan Orians
So sorry to hear of Phil's passing I have very fond memories of Phil during my time with Findlay Light Opera May God walk with you during this difficult timeWith Deepest SympathyBrennan Orians