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Philip Jacob Lebold

Philip Jacob Lebold, age 68, entered into eternal life on June 10, 2020.  Born October 6, 1951 in Dover, Ohio to the late Don Garber and Martha Louise (Helwick) Lebold.  Phil graduated from Lancaster High School in 1970, and attended both Union College in Barbourville KY and The Ohio State University in Columbus OH.  He is survived by his husband and partner of 38 years, Robert Joseph (Joe) Riggs, and his brother, David John Lebold of Columbus, Ohio. 

Phil was renowned for his friendly and outgoing personality, his hearty laughter and sense of humor, and his love of people.  He made lasting friendships wherever he went, and is remembered for being a compassionate, caring, and loving friend.  Fascinated by current events and world affairs, Phil loved sharing his insights with anyone who was ready for a good discussion or debate.  He treasured his family heritage, and loved retelling the family stories he learned while growing up surrounded by his large and loving family.

Phil’s deep and abiding faith was a source of strength and guidance throughout his life, and church was an essential part of who Phil was.  He shared his love of music as a member of the choir, contemporary singers, and the Ascending Tones bell choir.  He served as Deacon, Altar Guild chairperson, regularly participated in Bible study, and was always present and ready to volunteer whenever anything needed to be done.

Phil’s professional life included Honeywell Alarm Systems, working as a food buyer for the Ohio Union on the Ohio State University campus, Syncor International, and finally as a support specialist at Cardinal Health Nuclear Pharmacy.  Outside of work, Phil was known for his love of food preparation, and could often be found catering various events for church, family and friends.  He was also an avid gardener.

Memorial services will be held at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1479 Morse Road on July 11, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. for church members and 1:30 p.m. for family and friends.  Masks must be worn.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ascension Lutheran Church music program.  Please visit to leave an online condolence.

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  • Barbara Summers says:

    Dearest Joe,

    I am so sorry that you now have to live without your soulmate. Phil will be missed by so many. His loving nature and his love for his church will never be forgotten. Everywhere I look at Ascension, I am reminded of Phil. I think of him when I see the choir loft and the banners that are displayed. I can picture him playing those giant bells. I will miss his knowlege of the Bible in our Serman lab. Most of all, I will miss his sense of humor and his joking. Oh, and I will miss him checking to see if I’m wearing my lipstick.

    Thinking of you Joe. Hold all of your memories close to your heart. I love you.

  • Christine Lebold Beamer says:

    My sincere condolences to his family. May he be at peace in the arms of our Lord.

  • Bobby. Lee says:

    Thank you my friend you taught me so much about
    My grandson and my only Granddaughter life we had some great talk at Cardinal
    I will miss texting you
    May God open up those pearly Gates wide for you.
    And Joe I didn’t know you
    But I can tell you my friend Phil Loved you with all his 💓 sorry for your lost 💔.


    Hi Joe and David, I was following the recovery of Phil during the time he was in the hospital, and felt so sad to hear he passed to the eternal life with our Lord Jesus Christ.
    I lived a year with the Lebolds (Joan adn Keene), during my Senior year of high school, and also participated during Keene and Joan passing,, which was very impressive, since I visited them each year I traveled to Columbus. My sincere condolences,

  • Pam Kratzer says:

    I keep looking at this picture of Phil and just know he just told a joke!!

    Everyone was in the midst of adjusting to this new way of life and things we had to do without…. but never dreamed we’d lose Phil! He was someone others looked to for guidance, a hug….or a joke. We really need lots of “Phil’s” right now! Of course, God only made one. And decided to call him home. He’s deeply missed by those who remain.

    Love you, Joe.

  • Joyce Bourgault says:

    Joe, you and Phil were the always the core of couple group especially for our lobster dinners. Phil’s stories and jokes were always in the center of conversations with your supportive laughter finishing them off. Your relationship was an example of how married life should be. Phil’s faith was ever present around us and I’m sure he is right at home in heaven. We will miss him greatly.

  • Margaret Ellis Owens says:

    Dear Joe,
    I’m so shocked and sorry to see this news. The Bible verse that keeps coming to me is, ‘….and the greatest of these is love” It clearly showed on his face he loved all he did. May the Lord be with you and bless you in the days ahead.
    Margaret Ellis Owens

  • Curt Skarloken says:

    Joe, I’m thinking of you and the loss of Phil. So many things made him a special person and such a valuable worker in the kingdom. He had a vital ministry at Ascension and will be missed by all of us. Choir will not be the same, indeed, all of us will not be the same.

  • Pastor Ron says:

    Phil and food. Phil and kitchens. Phil and Joe. Phil and mustaches. Phil and Villa Nova. Phil and music. Phil and escaping death more than once. Phil picked me up at the airport on June 1st. So many memories and so many stories. I can’t begin to process it all. Phil was truly a “one of a Kind” May God richly bless you now. We miss you.

  • Evie Swanson says:

    Dear Joe & David,
    Phil went up to heaven’s door at least once before. This time he went on in.We will miss him here. I will especially miss his bold bass voice singing the notes i missed ringing in bell choir. Phil was always able to see the funny side of anything, and rarely failed to comment on that. His sweet personality has been a joy to experience through the years. Remember the mustache, the love and how much we all cared for Phil

  • David and Rosie Perry says:

    We mourn the loss and celebrate the life of a very good friend that we have known since 1987. It’s with great joy and honor to have had Phil’s friendship along with his partner & husband, Joe. Such cherished times we had with Phil and Joe, especially during gatherings with our Couples Group from church. Our heartfelt condolences and prayers of comfort are with Joe as he grieves and moves forward without Phil after being together for 38 years. To Phil, a good and faithful servant of the Lord, who blessed the lives of so many. You are and will be so greatly missed. ❤️🙏

  • Lisa Marmon says:

    Dearest Joe

    My deepest sympathy to you. Phil was a silent guardian angel during some of my toughest days while managing the pharmacy. Several of his heart felt hugs pushed me through to that next day and that next day .. and so on.
    What a guy! He will be missed but never forgotten. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Lisa

  • Ron & Pat wagner says:

    Joe, We are so sorry to learn of Phil’s passing. You two were terrific neighbors across the street from us when we lived on Woodcliff Dr. Phil asked us if we would cater a
    wedding, & to make mini cheesecakes for it. We did & then catered for him for several more years, always enjoying it. We sure enjoyed your Christmas parties when you two moved into your lovely new home. (so jealous of that kitchen!!) Both of you were fun guys to be around. We’ve missed seeing you. May God lift you up & help you adjust to life w/out your partner. We send our heartfelt condolences.

  • Paul & Heather Knapp says:

    Dear Joe,

    Our most sincere condolences for your loss…everyone’s loss. Phil was too big of a presence to not be shared, and we are grateful to have known him and call him friend. We are also happy to have met you through Phil, and want you to know that we are here if you ever need anything. We will miss Phil’s smile, his hugs, and his genuine warmth. We are saddened by his passing, but joyous to have been a small part of his life.

  • D Searcy says:


    I am so sad to learn of Phil’s death. He was one of the most joyful people who worked at the old Ohio Union with me. He always made me smile. I had the opportunity to travel with his parents in China in the late 1980s. And then I learned that Phil was related to my friends, the Lebolds, of Lawson, Missouri.
    Phil had a way of popping up and surprising me when I least expected him. He will be missed.

  • The Kitts Family says:


    You have shared your loving soul with the students and staff at Clintonville Academy for many years. In bringing yourself to our building, you also brought stories of Phil and the life you shared together. It has been a big one! Together, you have done many things and invested in places that you love.

    I know it will be hard for you to take the next steps without Phil by your side, but you have an incredible crowd of people around you who want to help you as you move ahead. The family you built around you is mighty, and you will not have to take any step alone you don’t chose to take.

    Please know that we are here for you if you need anything, and that you are in our daily prayers.

    Gerrit, Meredith and Anneka Kitts

  • Marianne Perine says:

    Dearest Joe,

    My heart goes out to you in your loss of the love of your life, good friend, husband, soulmate, and companion. I know you will grieve for your loss, but you will also treasure your memories of sharing your life with your true love. We will miss his smile and his always warm and loving heart. Love to you, my friend.

  • Steve Schack says:

    We are deeply sorry for your loss of Phil. May you be comforted by memories of the wonderful times you shared and feel a sense of deep peace. We have made an online donation to Ascension Lutheran Church. Alas, online donations can only be made to the general fund and cannot be directed specifically to the music program or designated in Phil’s memory. But we wanted you to know because we know the love both of you have had for your church and wanted to honor Phil. Thinking of you, Steve and Doug

  • Sharon Kull says:

    Joe, I was saddened & shocked to hear of Phil’s passing. I do believe that the two of you were some of the 1st church members at Ascension that were so friendly & warm to us & our son & daughter. I so enjoyed singing in choir with both of you. Phil always had a smile & sparkle in his eyes & gave the best hugs. Over time Uno & I didn’t see you guys often but when our paths crossed Phil & you could pick up as though it was just the day before. May the Lord be with you & give you peace & May your past 38 years of memories sustain you now & until you reunite. :)Hugs, Blessings & much love. 🙏Uno & Sharon Kull
    P.s: Not sure if you knew I lost My sister Connie this past February

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