Dr. Seth S. Philbrook, 1922-2020

 

Updated obituary:

Dr. Seth S. Philbrook, 97, of La Porte, Ind. passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Seth was born on Aug. 8, 1922 in Piqua, Ohio to Dr. Seth C. and Martha Christine (Simon) Philbrook. He graduated from Piqua High School in 1940.  Seth attended Miami of Ohio University for undergraduate and Ohio State University for medical school.  He met the love of his life, Rose Hart, when he was a senior medical student and she was a senior nursing student.  They married Aug. 19, 1949  in Canal Winchester, Ohio.

Seth proudly served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army during WWII.  He was a medic and medical laboratory technician.

After their marriage, Seth and Rose moved to Chicago, Ill. where Seth completed his internship at Northwestern University and Passavant Memorial Hospitals.  He served as head of the Department of Ophthalmology at Hines Veterans Hospital.

In 1953, they moved to La Porte, where Seth began serving La Porte County through his ophthalmology practice.  He studied throughout his entire practicing years, attending the University of Illinois and University of Chicago classes to hone his skills in the latest developments in medical science, offering the most advanced care for his patients.  Seth served in his practice until his retirement in 1992.

In 1977, Seth and Rose were part of a partnership formed to purchase and remodel the former La Porte Sash and Door building at 1300 State St., La Porte.  Seth was proud that medical professionals could be close to the La Porte Community Hospital that he and Rose, alongside the entire community, worked tirelessly to build.

Professional participation included Phi-Chi Medical Fraternity, La Porte Hospital Visionary Committee to build a community hospital, La Porte Hospital Board member, Life member of the La Porte Hospital Foundation, La Porte County Medical Association, Fairview Youth Treatment Center Board member, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American College of Surgeons, Board Certification in Ophthalmology, American Medical Association and Indiana State Medical Association.

Seth was very community-oriented.  He loved attending La Porte First United Methodist Church, where he served on various committees and taught Sunday School.  He was active in Kiwanis Club (since 1954), La Porte Area Lake Association, and the Jaycees.  Seth served on numerous community boards including La Porte Community School Board for 16 years; La Porte City Parks Board; Salvation Army Board; and the La Porte County Library Board.  He also participated in YMCA Indian Guides, was an Honorary Lions Club Member (Eye Bank), and was Committee Chairman for Better Schools Committee for six years.

Seth had an insatiable appetite for learning.  He enjoyed museums, especially the La Porte County Historical Society Museum, affectionately known to Seth as the “Kesling La Porte County Museum,” technology, and history.  He had great respect for the past but looked forward to the future.

As a young man, Seth began journaling.  He began with pen and paper but transitioned to computer upon his retirement.  He enjoyed exploring the world through a new avenue.  His journal was up to date until the day he passed, thanks to John.

Seth and Rose loved traveling, boating on Lake Michigan, and wintering in Jupiter, Fla., but most of all, spending time at the family cottage on Pine Lake.

Surviving are his beloved children, Pamela (Robert) Shultz, of Elkhart, Ind., Janice (Eric) Yandt, of La Porte, David (Helen) Philbrook, of Raleigh, N.C., and John (Melissa) Philbrook, of Crown Point, Ind.; 10 grandchildren:  Andrew Yandt, of La Porte, Kathryn (Matthew) Dermody, of Fort Collins, Col., Christopher Shultz of Elkhart, Megan (Jesse) Lester, of Goshen, Ind., Jessica Philbrook, of San Francisco, Cal., Jennifer Philbrook, of Charlotte, N.C., Parker Philbrook of Crown Point, and Lara Rose, Lily Ana, and Michael Philbrook, all of Raleigh, N.C.; four great-grandchildren, Luke and Jack Dermody and Morgan and Reagan Lester; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded by his parents; wife; and brother, Dr. Phillip Philbrook.

Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at noon on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at La Porte First United Methodist Church with Pastors Evan Lash and Bob Vale officiating.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the La Porte First United Methodist Church, 1225 Michigan Avenue, La Porte, Ind. 46350 or to the La Porte Area Lake Association, P.O. Box 324, La Porte, Ind.  46352.

The Philbrook family would like to thank the loving caregivers who provided outstanding care for their family.

Messages of condolence may be posted below on WNLP as well as at www.cutlercares.com.

13 Responses to “Dr. Seth S. Philbrook, 1922-2020”

  1. Gregg Forszt

    Feb 14. 2020

    My deepest sympathy on your loss. I have fond memories of Seth and Rose. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family in this difficult time.

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  2. Jim

    Feb 14. 2020

    🙁

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  3. Sarah

    Feb 15. 2020

    Syd was such a sweet man! I’m honored to have been able to meet and care for him in his and roses final months. ❤️❤️ My thoughts and prayers are with all his family.

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  4. Harry and Carolee Gardner

    Feb 15. 2020

    We have our long time friends. Rose and Syd have been very special to us for many years. Our love and prayers go to their family

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  5. Michele Barber

    Feb 15. 2020

    Our deepest condolences to the Philbrook family for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your parents were wonderful people and great contributors to the La Porte community. Both will be sorely missed.

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  6. Andrew

    Feb 15. 2020

    I was honored to get to know Dr. Philbrook and members of his family. He was an exceptional human being.

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  7. Keith E. Hyatte

    Feb 15. 2020

    My sincere condolences to the Philbrook family. Dr. Philbrook was always so kind, and the entire Philbrook family is generous to the La Porte community, a living tribute to a great man.

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  8. Eleanor (Cozy) Cherryholmes

    Feb 17. 2020

    Deepest sympathy. Dr. Philbrook set high standards for himself. It was a privilege to be his patient as well as being friends with both he and Rose. “Well done good and faithful
    Servant.”

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  9. Vicki L Trickler

    Feb 17. 2020

    Eric and Jan, our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. Sounds as if your Dad had a wonderful life surrounded by friends and family. May he rest in peace. John and Vicki

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  10. Steve & Ella Taylor

    Feb 18. 2020

    Pam, Jan, Dave and John, Ella and I are so very sorry for your loss! Your Mother and Father were such caring and generous people to the entire La Porte community. You and your entire families are in our thoughts during this most difficult time! I will always cherish the good times in the neighborhood. I also know that your mom and dad are together again and there is no more pain or suffering…….as you said John “they are dancing again”!!

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  11. Krista Ellenberger

    Feb 18. 2020

    So sorry for your loss. Was fortunate to get to know Dr. Philbrook and Rose throughout my years working in the eyecare field.

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  12. Vic Parkhouse

    Feb 20. 2020

    Dr. Philbrook fit me with my first eyeglasses as a 3rd Grader in 1963 I remember his kindness and his delight in helping me see the world a bit better. Rest in peace and cheers to a life well lived.

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  13. Chuck

    Feb 21. 2020

    Pam, Please accept my condolences, may God be with you and encourage you thru this time .
    God bless

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