Phillip G. Cortright

June 13, 1935 ~ March 19, 2019 (age 83)


Phillip G. Cortright, age 83, of Battle Creek passed away March 19, 2019 at his residence.

Phil was born June 13, 1935 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Lucille (Jones) and Max L. Cortright. Phil graduated from Battle Creek High School in 1953 and was an active member of the local Battle Creek community. He attended Albion College from 1953-1955 and Western Michigan University from 1956-1957 and received a BBA in Advanced Economics.

Phil's effort and energy led to a prolific 40 year career first as a salesman, then general partner and Branch Manager, and ultimately as a Principle at Roney & Company. He loved his customers and shared pride in their accomplishments.

Phil married Bonnie Sue Bell (Peet) in 1967 and was a loving and devoted father of five.

Phil is survived by his sister Marsha Prestage, his loving wife Bonnie as well as their children and spouses Denise K. Bell of Battle Creek, Dennis D. and Kaye Bell of Glendale, Arizona, Commander Dr. Bryan D. Bell and Patricia Bell of Temecula, California, Christina L. (Bell) and Richard Bozicevich of San Marcos, California, and Kimberly K. (Cortright) and Eric Einhardt of Battle Creek; As well as 15 grandchildren and multiple great grandchildren. Phil was preceded in death by his brother Kim Robert Cortright (1994) and his parents Max L. Cortright (2005) and Lucille M (Jones) Cortright (2004).

Phil's hobbies included fishing, baseball, and going to the casino. He enjoyed travelling to Arizona and across the Western US. He loved spending time with his three dogs Princess, Angel and in memoriam Bijou.
The family and Phil would like to extend a special thanks to all of Phil's caregivers from the Battle Creek Fresenius Kidney Care Facility over the years and in addition Heartland Hospice of Kalamazoo. Thank you for all your compassion and care.

He served in the Michigan Air National Guard 1958-1962 and was a past member of the American Legion post #54, and a member of the National Association of Securities Dealers.

Friends may visit with family on Friday March 22, 2019 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Kempf Funeral Home 2838 Capital Ave SW, Battle Creek, MI 49015. The funeral service will begin at Kempf Funeral Home, Battle Creek Chapel starting at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday March 23, 2019. Phil will be laid to rest in Memorial Park Cemetery in Battle Creek following the service.
A celebration of Phil's life will begin immediately after the burial service from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Riverside Country Club, Battle Creek 245 East Columbia Avenue, Battle Creek, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be given on behalf of Phil to the Humane Society of South Central Michigan;, Diabetes Foundations;, or to the Food Bank of South Central Michigan;


MAR 22. 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)

Battle Creek Chapel of Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services
2838 Capital Ave. S.W.
Battle Creek, MI, 49015


MAR 23. 11:00 AM (EDT)

Battle Creek Chapel of Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services
2838 Capital Ave. S.W.
Battle Creek, MI, 49015

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