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John J. Phillips, president, CEO of Pfohl Trucking

May 31, 1937 – Aug. 15, 2013

John J. Phillips, of Lancaster, president and chief executive officer of William Pfohl Trucking Co., died Thursday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 76.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Canisius High School. He worked with his father and uncles in Phillips Brothers Garage on Genesee Street, an auto and truck collision and repair shop that also was a distributorship for Divco dairy trucks and Hackney refrigerated trucks.

In 1976, he became vice president of William Pfohl Trucking, a company specializing in hauling dry bulk materials, primarily sand and salt, that was founded by his father-in-law in 1957.

Known as “a guy who could get the job done,” he was devoted to his family and enjoyed hunting.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Marlene Pfohl; two sons, John W. and William; a daughter, Donna Wieand; and a sister, Mary Ann Frank.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday in Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 5337 Genesee St., Bowmansville.

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