Former Shikellamy head wrestling coach Brett Michaels speaks with Northumberland County Commissioner Merle Phillips during a school board meeting in July, 2011.
Northumberland County commissioners, Merle Phillips and Vinny Clausi, discuss the use of 88 acres of land along the North Branch of the Susquehanna River in Point Township in June , 2011.
Merle Phillips talks about the importance of passing the 2011 budget for the smooth functioning of the county during the public meeting while serving as a Northumberland County Commissioner in December, 2010.
Former state Rep. Merle Phillips, center, is sworn into office as a Northumberland County commissioner in 2010 by Northumberland County President Judge Robert B. Sacavage. At Phillips’ side is his wife, Helen.
Former U.S. Rep. Chris Carney, D-10, of Dimock, left, and state Rep. Merle Phillips, R-108, of Sunbury RD2, cast a shovelful of dirt during groundbreaking of Sunbury's riverfront stabilization and enhancement project in June 2010.
State Representative Merle Phillips address the crowd as the keynote speaker during the 21st annual Sunbury Fire Department Memorial Service Sunday afternoon, Oct. 10, 2010.
Retiring state Reps. Russell H. Fairchild, left, and Merle H. Phillips were honored by the Boy Scouts of America in June, 2010.
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and state Rep. Merle Phillips boarded a bus limo touring the proposed path of the Central Susquehanna Thruway in August 2009.
State Rep. Merle H. Phillips, of RR2 Sunbury, watches as Lexus Cherry, left, and Katelyn Bridge, freshmen at Shikellamy High School, prepare trays of DNA for analysis during a Science in Motion program in April, 2009.
Frank Furman, vice president of quality for Furmano’s, pointing, gives state Rep. Merle Phillips, center, and state Deputy Health Secretary Michael Huff, far right, a tour of the food company’s plant in November, 2008.
Helen and Merle Phillips are shown in their 60th wedding anniversary photo last year. They were married on March 1, 1952 at Salem Reformed Church in Elizabethville.
State Rep. Merle H. Phillips is shown in this official state portrait.
State Rep. Merle Phillips, third from the left, digs deep during this groundbreaking ceremony for the Monroe Marketplace shopping center, Hummels Wharf, in August, 2007.