Phil Yenerich '64


Phil Yenerich ’64 passed away on March 29, 2020.

Phil was from Mendota and studied Industrial Design at Illinois. He was active in both Star Course and The Illio in his first two years. In his senior year, he served as our chapter president.

Phil received a BFA in Industrial Design and worked in large corporations as a designer. While at IBM, he received 20 patents for his work.


This obituary appeared in the Mendota, IL newspaper:

SAHUARITA, Ariz. - Philip C. Yenerich, 77, passed away on March 29, 2020 after a brief illness.

Phil was born Oct. 15, 1942 in Mendota to Wesley P. and Nettie C. Yenerich.

Survivors include his wife, Susan, who he married in 1981; one son, Matthew Yenerich; and one sister, Marci Yenerich.

Phil graduated from Mendota High School in 1960 and went on to the University of Illinois, where he graduated with a B.A. in Industrial Design. His greatest achievements were while employed by IBM and Hewlitt Packard, where he had patents issued on over 20 inventions. After retiring, he and Susan resided in Sahuarita, Ariz.