Let the memory of Philip be with us forever
  • 56 years old
  • Born on May 24, 1956 .
  • Passed away on January 24, 2013 .

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Philip Lucero, 56, born on May 24, 1956 and passed away on January 24, 2013. We will remember him forever.

Philip R. Lucero, 56, of Aurora IL passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at Rush-Copley Hospital in Aurora due to complications following cancer surgery. He was born on May 24, 1956 in Aurora, IL at Copley Hospital, the son of Ezekiel (Hank) Lucero and Gladys (Williams) Lucero Neville.

Phil was a 1975 Batavia High School graduate. His favorite classes in school were always recess and gym. He grew up as a member of the Bethel Church of the Brethren in Naperville. He had a great laugh that made us all laugh too. His vision was very good, which helped him to shoot pool. He played a lot of 8-ball through the years. He was in a few bands as a vocalist and he played the guitar.

He worked at McKee Door in Aurora for a few years before deciding to become a truck driver. He worked for Dante Gentilini Trucking and Stokes Trucking, among others. Also, in recent years he was self-employed as a local and long-haul truck driver.

In 1984, Phil married Nancy Wollwert and their son Jared was born in 1987. Although Phil and Nancy divorced later on, they remained good friends through the years.

He is survived by his ex-wife, Nancy; their son, Jared Lucero; Jared's fiancée, Tiffany; his grandsons, Anthony and Aiziah; 4 brothers, Michael Lucero of California, Roger Lucero (Janet) of Elmhurst, IL, Joseph Lucero (Darla) of Hoffman Estates, IL, Thomas Lucero, Columbus, Ohio; 1 sister, Maureen Lucero Holmberg (Donald) of Colorado; 1 stepbrother, George Neville (JoAnne) of Batavia, IL; and 1 stepsister, Sue Neville Warfel (Henry) of So. Elgin, IL; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his stepbrother, Gary Neville; father, Ezekiel (Hank) Lucero; stepfather, George Neville; mother, Gladys Neville; grandpa, E.B. Williams of Naperville, IL; and grandma, Alta Williams of Naperville, IL.

Posted by Maureen Holmberg on 25th May 2017
It is hard to believe that it has been 4 years already. We miss you little brother. Happy 61st birthday. So many memories. You had a great smile and laugh and your attitude was awesome. I wish you were here to see my 2 great granddaughters. They are beauitiful. Love and miss you, Mo
Posted by Nancy Wollwert on 24th January 2017
It is hard to believe that it has been four years since my ex-husband and good friend Philip Lucero passed away. As the time passes, I think of him often. Phil's favorite song, Wild Horses by the Rolling Stones, still brings a tear to my eye. At the time of his passing, Phil's friends and relatives may have wondered why I held vigil at the hospital with our son Jared and why I was included in the guest list at his memorial service. At least one of his friends made his disapproval obvious (you know who you are). Although our marriage did not last, our friendship endured. Phil was always there for me when I needed someone to talk to, and he was a loving parent to our son, Jared. Over the years, we discussed our current relationships, loaned each other money, and worked together to raise our son. When he was diagnosed with cancer, I asked him to share my home as he was driving truck and had no permanent residence. Don't criticize what you don't understand. I don't think anyone in this world misses Phil as much as I do, except our son Jared.
Posted by Jared Lucero on 24th May 2016
Dad, I really love and miss you so much. Happy 60th birthday. We love you and all miss you.
Posted by Nancy Wollwert on 24th May 2016
Today would have been Phil's 60th birthday. He is missed by his son Jared, his grandsons Anthony and Aiziah, and by myself. Although our marriage only lasted six years, our friendship lasted a lifetime. He was a good friend and was always there when I needed him.
Posted by Maureen Holmberg on 24th May 2014
Today would be your 58th birthday, Phil. We miss you. Happy Birthday. You always remembered to call me on my birthday. That meant alot. Tell Jesus that we are glad that you are singing in His band now. Amazing Grace how sweet the sound. Love, Your Sis, Mo
Posted by Mark King on 13th May 2013
i went to school with phil at batavia high and sometimes hanging out on wilson street and cv pits. phil never was a man to give anyone a problem and if you had one he was there to help you mellow. allways peaceful. i lost contac for over 30 years an met him again in 2012 where he reconize me and i new who he was because that face and smile never changed.wish we had more time phil :) see ya
Posted by Stephen Wheeler on 22nd February 2013
I knew Phil for a few years back in the 90s...played Bass in his band. Phil was a good person. Phil was a man I admired, always takin care of business, takin care of family, and helpin out friends in time of need. I know Im one of em, Thanks Phil...Rest in peace, but first sing one with the angels up there. I wonder if they know any Rolling Stones..??
Posted by Bruce Andrews on 21st February 2013
Hey Phil thanks for being a friend to me. I could count on you for a good smile and info about where the parties were at. I can still see ya driving that jeep with the top down, and the stereo blasting. See you on the other side. :)
Posted by Dave Moody on 21st February 2013
Words are difficult here. Phil's easy personality and sense of humor made him instantly a friend to anyone and everyone. Phil was definitely one of a kind, and one of the kindest souls you could ever meet. He could make you laugh when you least felt like it, and smile when you most needed it - one of life's greatest blessings. Phil had that style, and I'll always remember!
Posted by Sharon Wheeler on 20th February 2013
I Hope we all can leave such Great Memories in the end thats all we really have to Leave is Memories...You Left alot of Memories for alot of People Phil will be missed by many...But never forgtten.....Memories Last a Life Time.
Posted by Joe Wilkening on 17th February 2013
I met phil in 1982. he was living in a 1 room apt. From there our friendship grew. We went to parties and hung out and became great friends. I watched him raise his family, he was a great father and he always put his families needs ahead of his own. I will never forget his smile or his laugh. I will carry what i learned from him, until the day we meet again. Love you Phil... Thanks buddy!!
Posted by Eric Runde on 16th February 2013
I hung out with Phil in High School and then afterwards. I posted a story about us in the other section of this website, but trying to sum up our friendship in short tribute seems so trivial. Words cannot express how I feel about Phil being gone. We will all miss him.
Posted by Maureen Holmberg on 15th February 2013
He was my youngest brother. He was so much fun to be with. He and Jared came to visit us in Colorado and we went to the Frontier Days Rodeo. He really enjoyed that. We spend time together at our mom's home in Arkansas with her and George. He was an easy going guy and never seemed to worry about things too much. We will miss him greatly. His sis, Mo

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