Philip George SedlockJune 29, 1933 ~ April 18, 2017 (age 83)
Philip G. “Sonny” Sedlock, 83, died in the afternoon of April 18th, just 33 days after his best friend and bride of 61 years, Pat Sedlock passed away. In the end, Dad could not catch up with Mom fast enough.
Phil loved life. All of it. People, places, cars, root beer floats, dogs, sitting in the sun, a good joke, boats, the lake, getting up in the morning, working hard all day, Falstaff with salt, the lessons you could learn from a hard time and most of all his family and huge circle of friends.
Some of his favorite times were spent with his lifelong friends, his classmates from the Wyandotte High School Class of ’52, running Central Avenue and Strawberry Hill with “the gang,” driving his Auntie Anna Dora to New Orleans and New Mexico when he was 16. He treasured time at the Lake of the Ozarks boating with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Phil was a great listener. He was funny, wise and gracious. Whether he knew you for a minute or a lifetime, he remembered everything about you. What you thought about God and the world, who your sister was, who she dated and what kind of car her date drove. He never forgot the day when the older boys in his neighborhood left the corner at 7th and Central to go to war. Every time he told the story, he cried as if it were yesterday.
He never had a complaint. Reminiscing about his year in the hospital with polio at 14, and a lifetime of braces and “sticks” he said, “If I had it to do all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing.” He said he wasn’t bored in the hospital because he had a window in his room and ice cream from the rail road patients on the next wing over.
With a winning smile, a ’46 Ford Convertible and a great sense of humor, Phil never missed a beat with the girls. But it was the carhop from Allen’s Drive In, Patricia Peed who captured his heart. He said, “She was different. She had drive. I liked that about her.” Phil married his best carhop in 1955.
In 1963, he bought Carter and Sedlock Texaco from his father George and Jim Carter. He bought his first tow truck in 1969. In 1970, he started Phil Sedlock Tow. Working with his son, Tim and grandson, Ryan he built Phil Sedlock Auto Care and Sedlock Tow Service into a successful four generation family business. He retired in 2008 to spend more time with family.
He was preceded in death by his parent’s, George and Julia Sedlock; sisters, Delores Holt and Barb Shamet; his loving wife, Pat and their babies, Denise, Danny, Julia, Scott and Michael.
He leaves behind his children, Cherise Marie Sedlock, Tim Sedlock (Marissa), Patti Green (Doug), Charlie Sedlock (Leda); sister, Rosemary Sayre, many nieces and nephews, and grandchildren, Arlo (Blair), Lance (Bethany), Ryan, Kaleb (Grace), Julia (Mitch), Timmy, Deanna (Darren), Philip (Corey), Kira, Levi, Chas, Anelise, Shannon and Chad. Great grandchildren, Emilyn, Rowan, Bailey, Hannah and Silas. Honorary grandchildren, Rachel (Dillon) and their children Bella and Scott.
We would like to thank Sister Servants of Mary, Dr. Oxler, Dr. John Peterson, Dr. Wade Williams, Dr. David Dugan, the Shawnee Mission Medical Team, KC Hospice House and the Forum for their kindness and care.
Please join us to celebrate Phil’s life on Friday, May 12th. Visitation at 10:00AM, Mass at 11:00AM, followed by lunch at St. Patrick’s Church at 1086 N. 94th Street, Kansas City KS. Contributions can be made to Sister Servants of Mary, 800 N 18th Street, Kansas City KS 66102.