Phillip “Phil” Liverman, 1945-2021


Phillip “Phil” R. Liverman, 75, of La Porte, Ind., peacefully passed away Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at Northwest Health – La Porte.

He was born July 26, 1945, in Michigan City, Ind., to Phillip Ray Liverman and Dorothy (Kahn) Liverman-Ciulewicz.

Phil was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving through multiple tours in Vietnam from 1966-1969. He served in both the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions during this time as an Airborne/Army Ranger. Phil also served in the Long Range Patrol/Reconnaissance 20th Infantry Regiment, performing surveillance/scouting duties behind enemy lines. At the time of his death, Phil was the most highly decorated veteran of the Vietnam campaign in La Porte County.

Post Vietnam, Phil served in the U.S. Army Reserves with the Special Forces/Green Berets. He was employed with Midwest/National Steel in Portage, Ind., for 33 years before retiring in 2003. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and trapper for most of his life and greatly enjoyed the outdoors. Phil was a fan of the Chicago Bears and Notre Dame football, attending many games with his sons throughout the years.

Phil’s memory and legacy will live on through his beloved family and friends.

On Nov. 9, 1968, in Michigan City, he married Barbara (Westphal) Liverman, who survives. They renewed their wedding vows on their 50th anniversary on Nov. 8, 2018, with a wonderful ceremony and celebration with family and friends.

Phil is survived by one daughter, Leslie Liverman; three sons, Phillip (Fabiola) Liverman, Patrick Liverman and Brandon (Tiphanie) Liverman; 7 grandchildren, Taylor Liverman, Britney Liverman, Nekko Liverman, Dominic Snook, Makayla Chorpenning, Kaitlyn McDemont, and Jonathan Carrillo McDermont; 1 brother, James Liverman; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Celebration of Life Service with Full Military Honors will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte, with Pastor Josh Kahn officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Mill Creek, Ind. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the service Saturday at the funeral home.

Due to the recent governor’s order, anyone attending the visitation and/or service is required to wear a mask and practice social distancing of six feet. Also, we are limited to 25 people in the building at any given time. We kindly ask for your patience as we oversee these mandated guidelines.

Memorial donations may be made to the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte, 140 East Shore Parkway, La Porte, Ind. 46350 or Miller’s Veteran Center, 735 S. Michigan St., South Bend, Ind. 46601.

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8 Responses to “Phillip “Phil” Liverman, 1945-2021”

  1. Mike Kellems

    Jan 14. 2021

    A good man and a great soldier whom we should all be proud of… thank you, sir, for serving your country!

    My most sincere condolences to the Liverman family.

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  2. Linda Komp

    Jan 14. 2021

    Barb, Randy, Leslie, Patrick and Brandon, I am so sorry for the loss of Phil. We have so many wonderful neighborhood memories. Prayers for strength in this very difficult time. Love to all.

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  3. Richard Russ

    Jan 14. 2021

    Barb, our sincere heartfelt condolences to you and yor family. Sharon knew Phil before you married. Tosay the least, she is very upset

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  4. Brandon Liverman

    Jan 14. 2021

    Thank you Linda!

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    Jan 14. 2021

    To the family of Phil Liverman, so sorry for your lost . Phil lived right across the street from me on Calumet st. We played baseball in the street and was always was getting yelled at from Mrs Murley . Phil was a good person and a great friend , I’ll always remember the great times we had together in that neighborhood and all the fishing times in trail creek . He will be missed ,but never forgotten .

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  6. J&R Wagner

    Jan 15. 2021

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. He and Barb never failed to stop and say hello whenever they saw you. Always so pleasant and very proud of his family. May he rest in peace, and God Bless.

    Rhonda & Joe

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  7. Robert Mrozinski

    Jan 17. 2021

    Really sorry to hear about your dad Brandon. Thinking about you and your family at this time.

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