DECATUR — Philip Charles Lynch, M.D., 102, of Decatur, IL passed away Saturday, November 9, 2019 at home in front of a beautiful fire in his fireplace.
Philip was born on October 17, 1917, in Olympia, WA. The son of John Sarsfield Lynch and Julia Frances (McGlinchey) Lynch. He was a part of the first graduating class in 1940 from St. Martins College in Lacey, WA and then attended Loyola University in Chicago, IL where he graduated with his medical degree in 1943.
While in medical school he married the love his life, Dorothy “Jeunne” Bostian on October 31, 1943.
He proudly served our Country in the United States Navy. During World War II, he was a medical officer on board ship off the coast of Japan. Due to his bravery during this tour of duty he was awarded the Bronze Star for boarding a radar picket vessel to administer medical treatment to men wounded during hazardous operations. He also served as the Chief Medical Officer at the Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, CA during the Korean War until 1946.
From 1946 to 1949 he took post graduate training at St. Anne's and Chicago-Lying-In hospitals in Chicago, IL and at St. Elizabeth in Lafayette, IN.In August 1949, he moved to Decatur, IL to set up a private medical practice in Obstetrics & Gynecology and was also on staff at both Decatur Memorial Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital. A few of his career achievements include delivering 7 babies in a 24-hour period, 445 babies in one year alone and a set of quadruplets. Upon retirement in 2000, Dr. Lynch had delivered 13,270 babies in the Decatur area. Dr. Lynch was instrumental in revolutionizing prenatal care for all expecting mothers and ensuring that it became a standard practice that is still recognized today.
Dr. Lynch was a member of Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church and enjoyed spending time outdoors, playing bridge and being with his family. In his free time could regularly be found cutting down trees, splitting wood, bailing hay, driving his tractor, building a roaring fire and gardening. His family brought him his biggest sense of joy and he took pride in each one of their individual achievements and accomplishments.
In retirement, he cherished the time he spent traveling with his family and refused to miss out on any adventure or opportunity.
Dr. Lynch is survived by his sons, Philip Lynch, Jr. (Connie) of Decatur, IL, Jeffery Lynch of Houston, TX, Christopher Lynch of Tonapaw, NV and Nicholas Lynch (Elizabeth) of Indianapolis, IN; daughters, Nancy Miller (Gregory) of Durham, NC, Dana Lynch of Lees Summit, MO, Adrienne Lynch (Gary) of Decatur, IL and Megan Lynch of Indianapolis, IN; daughter-in-law, Nancy Lynch of Decatur, IL. Eleven grandchildren: Gretchen, Audrey, Truscott, Sessey, Shondra, Nathan, Daniel, Nastacia, Hannah, Kitt-Lynne and Erin and sixteen great-grandchildren.
He was proceeded in death by his wife, Dorothy “Jeunne” Lynch; parents, John & Julia Lynch; son, Barry Lynch; brothers, Jack Lynch, Tom Lynch and Neal Lynch; and Helen Nelson.
Visitation will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at Moran & Goebel Funeral Home, MacArthur Rd, Decatur, IL. A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 10:00 am at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, location. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Saint Teresa High School, Decatur, IL and Saint Thomas Church, Decatur, IL.
The family wishes to extend their thanks to Dr. McCormack, the home healthcare nurses and daily care providers who enhanced the quality of his life this past year.