Phillip Eugene Compton, 73, son of Leonard and Letha Compton, passed away February 7, 2017. Phil was surrounded by his family at IU Health Methodist Hospital.
Phil grew up in Carmel and graduated from Carmel High School in 1961. During his last two years of high school, he served as a volunteer fireman on the Carmel Fire department. After graduation, he attended Indiana University, then deciding to enlist in the U.S. Army. He spent most of his 4 year tour in Germany. After the Army, he learned the heating and cooling trade and soon started his own business, Compton Mechanical Services. While Phil never fully retired from the business, his two sons, Derrick and Darren, have operated the business as Phil wound down his involvement.
Phil was active in the Heating and Cooling Association of Indiana for many years. There he met his wife Linda, who served as the association's Executive Director.
After a 2 year waiting list period, Phil received a double lung transplant in 1998. He astounded all with his recovery and spoke repeatedly to potential transplant recipients and their families, offering guidance and encouragement.
Several interests occupied Phil's free time: His children and grandchildren and his love of dogs. Others included; woodworking, Tropical fish, r/c airplanes, RVing, growing orchids, and photography.
Phil is survived by his wife Linda; son Derrick Compton, his wife Joelle and grandchildren, Teagan, Tate, and Tessa; son Darren and grandson, Alex, daughter Courtney Young and husband Michael, daughter Lindsey Ratner and granddaughter Zooey, and his brother David Compton and his wife Terry.
On Wednesday, February 15, 2017 a "Gathering of Family and Friends" will be held from 4 PM to 7 PM to be followed at 7:00 PM with a "Celebration of Life" at Leppert Mortuary, 900 North Rangeline Road, Carmel. Burial with military honors will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 16 at Hamilton Memorial Park, 4180 Westfield Rd, Westfield, IN.
Memorial gifts can be made to the Indiana Donor Network Foundation in Phil's name.
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