Philip Bliss Leege Obituary

Philip Bliss  Leege
Philip Bliss Leege

April 23, 1935 - December 23, 2018
Born in Elkhart, Indiana
Resided in Loveland, Ohio
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Philip Bliss Leege, 1935-2018 (83 years)

Phil Leege passed away in his home in Loveland, Ohio, on 23 December 2018. He was born in Elkhart, Indiana, in 1935. He attended the one-room Trinity Lutheran School through eighth grade and graduated from Elkhart Central High School in 1953. He attended Valparaiso University and graduated in 1957 with a BS in mechanical engineering. He joined Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati in 1957, retiring in Cincinnati in 1998 after a 41-year career. After P&G he was an engineering consultant and university regent until 2017. Phil and wife Judy followed Phil’s assignments to Cincinnati, Green Bay and for 27 years Cheboygan, Michigan, where they raised their four children: James, Kristin, Stephen and Susan. They retired in Loveland. Phil and Judy were married for 59 years.

While at P&G, Phil helped develop manufacturing process technology for a number of top-selling brands including Tide, Pampers and Charmin tissue. He was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency for development of wastewater treatment system improvements in the Cheboygan P&G Paper Plant that were destined to reinforce attainability of aggressive 1972 Clean Water Act standards for wastewater discharges from every paper making plant. He oversaw development of a factory waste-to-process-steam-energy system, and redevelopment of a small scale hydro-electric production facility that featured not only renewable clean energy production but was also designed to provide a constant downstream flow of highly oxygenated water into the adjacent fishery, and was equipped with upstream automation for flow control of the Cheboygan River and Inland Lakes watershed.

Phil held numerous leadership positions of increasing responsibility in the manufacturing organization of P&G. During the period of his final P&G assignment to work on public policy issues, he was appointed by both California and Washington to serve on their state Integrated Solid Waste Management Boards. He designed and taught hands-on week-long municipal-scale composting facility operator training and certification workshops, to measure and manage composting process variables and emerging attributes of product, in the US, Canada, and South Korea, in order to convert clean biodegradable domestic waste into saleable products. He headed the team to develop the companion guide, Test Materials for the Examination of Composting and Compost. After leaving P&G, he continued teaching composting workshops, 49 in all, and served as a process consultant on environmental projects both in the US and Internationally.

Post P&G, Phil was invited by Concordia University Ann Arbor (CUAA) to reapply his knowledge of Michigan and Federal regulatory compliance, and of P&G norms for facility maintenance, to make a comprehensive, detailed survey of the CUAA campus infrastructure and operations, and to develop a self-funded energy savings project and oversee its implementation. Concordia College New York (CCNY) later hired him to help develop and implement their campus energy savings project. At CUAA Phil went on to serve on the President’s Advisory Council, followed by three 3-year terms on the Board of Regents, and two 3-year terms on the CCNY Board. He also served on the Valparaiso University’s College of Engineering National Council.

In Cheboygan, he served on the hospital board, and the board of the Northland Players and regional Arts Council, and was co-chair of a drive to make major improvements and expand the historic City Opera House, and City Hall that shares the building, and was Chairman of the City Building Authority to oversee design and construction of the project. He chaired the Plans Development Committee for the federally mandated County Emergency Response Planning Commission, served on the Northeast Michigan Regional Solid Waste Management Planning Commission, and Tip-of-the-Mitt Watershed Council.

Phil’s service was widely recognized. Valparaiso University honored him with an Alumni Achievement Award, and CUAA with the Christus Primus Award. His photo and biography were placed on the wall in Valparaiso University’s Gellersen Engineering Building time-line display. The successful waste-to-energy boiler project brought a national award from the American Paper Institute and the National Forest Products Association. The US Composting Council recognized his long-term global leadership in the development of standards and practices for the municipal-scale composting industry. Both the EPA and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources honored him for leadership in the broader paper industry for his collaborative pioneering efforts with the DNR in sustained clean-up of the lower Great Lakes. And while living in Cheboygan, the city, county, and State of Michigan each recognized Phil for his leadership in regional economic and cultural development.

Philip is the loving husband of Judy (nee Driscoll) Leege; beloved father of James Philip (Sue Shwu-Hau Li) Leege, Krisitin Anne Scheper, Stephen Edward (Maggie Arnold) Leege, and Susan Bliss (Matthew) Gardner; devoted grandfather of Christopher Edward Leege, Stacie Scheper, Sarah Scheper, Jason Leege, Benjamin (Lauren) Leege, Brian Leege, and Veronica Bliss Kirill; proud great grandfather of Riley Abigail Leege; cherished son of the late Harold Martin and Nellie Josephine (nee Bliss) Leege; dear brother of Josephine Martin, Melba Panhorst, David Leege, and the late Catherine Bueter.

Family and friends will be received from 10 AM - 12 Noon on Friday, December 28 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 5849 Buckwheat Road, Milford, OH 45150, where services will be held at 12 Noon. Private interment at Vale Cemetery, Springfield Township, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Phil may be directed to a charity of your choice.




St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
5849 Buckwheat Road
Milford, Ohio 45150
Friday, December 28, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
5849 Buckwheat Road
Milford, Ohio 45150
Friday, December 28, 2018
12:00 PM