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 www.OhioCremation.org to leave an online condolence.