John Philip Lemen, 96, of Libby passed away peacefully on Oct. 17, 2018, at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center in Libby. He was born on April 27, 1922, in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest of nine children. Phil entered the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served as a signalman third class in the Pacific. Upon his return, he earned a teaching degree from Illinois State University.
He married Betty Lambert in 1948. They then moved to Anaheim, California, in 1955 with their sons. After Betty Lemen, his wife of 35 years, passed away he continued to work for Southern California Gas Company until he retired in 1987. Phil married Olivia Rasmusson in 1992. They lived in Deer River, Minnesota, moving to Libby in 1994. While in Libby, Phil and Olivia were active in Faith Bible Church.
Phil is survived by his wife of 26 years, Olivia Lemen, and her three children, 16 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his five children; 13 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.
Services were held Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 at Faith Bible Church in Libby followed by burial at Rose Hill Cemetery in California. Local arrangements were under the care of Schnackenberg Funeral Home of Libby.
Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.