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Philip J. LeFevre IV

March 6, 1973 - February 8, 2021

Burial Date: February 17, 2021

Philip Joseph LeFevre IV of Sunset Hills died Feb. 8, 2021, in a tragic plane accident.

His father, Dr. Philip Joseph LeFevre III, also perished in the crash.

Philip was born March 6, 1973 in Springfield to Dr. Philip Joseph LeFevre III and Patricia (Adams) LeFevre, both deceased.

He is the devoted husband to Laura (Heinz) LeFevre, whom he married on Nov. 7, 1998. Philip is also the loving father of three precious children: Philip V, 8; Patrick, 6; and Colette, 4.

He is survived by his four older sisters: Michelle (Alan) Arbuckle, Cherie (Matt) Grahek, Christie (Michael) King and Julie (Warren) Nakatani. He is also the “favorite” uncle to 14 nieces and nephews.

Philip is a graduate of Glendale High School and Drury University, both in Springfield. He received his Executive Master in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011.

Philip became a licensed mortgage broker in 2004 and was the CEO and president of three successful companies: Accord Financial, Accord Properties, and his current company, Lending Partners.

From an early age, Philip longed to be a pilot. Under the tutelage of his father-in-law, James (Jim) Heinz, he began flight training in 2006 and earned a private pilot’s license in 2007. In 2010, he achieved his instrument rating. He was able to purchase his own private plane, which was used to engage with clients all over Missouri for his business, and of course, to soar the open skies with his family, especially his father. In 2020, they were able to complete his father’s bucket list by flying to the few remaining states left that his father had not set foot in.

Growing up, Philip was fortunate to spend his summers on Table Rock Lake at the family cabin. Many days were spent fishing off the boat dock or skiing recklessly on the lake. As previously mentioned, he was truly the favorite uncle, tirelessly spending hours driving the boat for inner tubing, skiing and exploring the lake. His children have experienced all the joys of his childhood and love the lake as much as he did. He was a child at heart himself, and his ever-joyful disposition and optimistic outlook on life were contagious.

From childhood through adulthood, he was extremely gifted with his hands. Like his father, there was nothing that he could not take apart and put back together, be it electrical, plumbing, woodworking, mechanical, etc. The family relied heavily on his expertise and called him when anything broke. One of his most beautiful creations were cedar birdhouses with copper roofs given to friends and family. His children show every sign of following in his footsteps, with their intelligence and inquisitiveness.

His final gift to his children was a beautifully built tree house that he designed and constructed with his own two hands. In Philip’s own words, “it had all the bells and whistles,” minus heat, electric and WiFi, which were sure to be installed at a later date.

Loving husband, father, brother, son, uncle and nephew. You will be dearly missed.

A mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, at St. Justin Martyr Catholic Church, 11910 Eddie and Park Road, 63126. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in his honor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, https://www.stjude.org.

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