Philip John Pahs

Philip John Pahs, 72, of Michigan City, passed away at 9:03 p.m., Wednesday, November 16, 2022, in his home surrounded by loved ones.


Phil was born on July 26, 1950, in Michigan City, to Robert C. and Elizabeth F. (Phillips) Pahs, and was one of eleven children. He was raised on a dairy farm less than one mile from his current home where he lived with his wife of over 51 years, Carolyn (Felton) Pahs. Married at St. Mary’s Church in Otis, IN on August 21, 1971, they were blessed to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary last year.


Philip and Carolyn raised three surviving daughters; Sarah (Jason) Williams of Michigan City, Joellen (Steven) Rogers of Charleston, SC, and Lesley (T.J. Collins) Pahs of Cincinnati, OH. He loved being a girl dad and helped coach them in all their sports. 


Philip was a retired machinist of 46 years for ArcelorMittal. He worked hard and always took great pride in a job well done. He enjoyed traveling later in life; visiting Hawaii, Alaska twice, Europe, the Mediterranean, the Panama Canal, and throughout the United States. One of his fondest trips was a visit to the air show in Duxford, England as he was a World War II plane enthusiast. Phil enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter, he had tremendous respect for all wildlife and was a lifetime member of the NRA. He spent time in his backyard feeding the deer and birds. Phil also enjoyed plowing snow for the neighborhood, stopping at each house to visit along the way. He was known for his great sense of humor and making friends and family laugh.


Surviving are three brothers, Robert H. Pahs, Stephen (Lynn) Pahs, and Mike (Mary Miller) Pahs; and four sisters, Joan Shortall, Janet Pahs, Kathy (Jack) Rhodes, and Alice (Allan) Huber; five grandchildren, Maggie, Ellie, and Sophia Williams, and Steven Philip and Carter Rogers; along with numerous nieces and nephews; and his friend for life, Harvey Gibson.


Preceding in death were his parents; one infant daughter, Stephanie Pahs; three brothers, Daniel, Eugene, and Richard Pahs; one sister-in-law, Karen (Burklow) Pahs; and one brother-in-law, Frank Shortall.


A memorial gathering will be held from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Saturday, December 10, 2022 at Lakeview Funeral Home and Crematory, 247 W. Johnson Rd., La Porte, 219-362-3100.  A private family luncheon will follow.


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Memorial contributions may be directed to Warbirds Military Aviation Museum 1341 Princess Ann Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23457, or


The family wishes to extend their greatest appreciation to Dunes Hospice for their excellent care.


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