Philip Ruxton II, 84, of Rising Sun, IN, passed away on Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 at his residence. Phil was born in Cincinnati, OH on January 9, 1937, a son of the late Jane (Davis) Ruxton and William W. Ruxton. He was the eldest of 8 children. Phil was a graduate of Indian Hill High School, Class of 1957. He was an accomplished artist and attended the Cincinnati Art Academy and the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL. Phil served his country in the US Air Force Reserve. He worked primarily in the fields of Advertising and Marketing. Phil retired at the age of 50 and moved to Rising Sun in 1988 and started rehabilitating old homes. He served several years on the Rising Sun Planning and Zoning Board. Phil married Barbara (Lauterbach) Ruxton on August 2, 1984. They were married 32 years until her passing on November 25, 2016. Phil enjoyed history and archaeology and researching artifacts and memorabilia from ancient Rome and Greece through World War II.
Phil is survived by his daughter, Hilary Ruxton Snyder (Jason), of Cincinnati, OH; by two step sons Michael Willins (Jennifer), of Cleveland, OH and David Willins (Dianne), of Cleveland, OH; by grandsons, Jon Philip Beauchamp and Colston McCann Snyder and by step grandchildren, Jake, Elyse, Joshua and Aaron Willins. Phil is also survived by two sisters, Sherry Paterson, of Cincinnati, OH and Linda Eckersley, of Cincinnati, OH; by four brothers, Bryce Ruxton, of Florida; Scott Ruxton, of Indiana; Craig Ruxton, of Cincinnati, OH; Bill Ruxton, of Cincinnati, OH and by his former wife, Kathleen "Kitty" Ruxton, of Cincinnati, OH. Phil was preceded in death by his parents, by his wife Barbara, by his son Alexander Davis Ruxton and by his sister Jane Bowman.
Funeral services will be 1 PM, Tuesday, February 23rd at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, IN. Visitation will be held 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Tuesday, February 23rd at Markland Funeral Home. Burial will be at Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Ohio County Historical Society or to the Ohio County Community Foundation (checks payable to OCCF) for the benefit of the Barbara Ruxton Fund. marklandfuneralhome.com
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