AKWESASNE – Philip E. Rybke "Rakwirahiotons", Turtle Clan, 85, of 1119 Drum Street Road, passed away early Tuesday morning, September 27, 2022, at Alice Hyde Medical Center after a brief illness.

Phil was born on September 1, 1937, in Rochester, the son of the late Philip and Clara (Garlow) Rybke. He attended schools in Rochester and graduated Edison Tech in Rochester. On January 15, 1983, he married Edith Gadway in Albion, New York.

Phil was very proud of his Mohawk and Oneida heritage. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, skilled carpenter, and tree planter. He was employed at Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester for many years and was a machinist at Alcoa in Massena when he and Edith moved to Akwesasne. Phil was an avid Buffalo Bills fan and loved country music, especially Johnny Cash.

Phil is survived by his loving wife, Edith; his children, Blaine and Donna Rybke of Tucson, Arizona, and Kim Rybke of Rochester; his four grandchildren, Patrice, Christopher, Annelise, and Antoinette; a chosen daughter, Theresa Oakes-Adams (Trey) and her daughter, Estella of Akwesasne. He is also survived by his stepchildren, Dawn Tarbell, Jeffrey (Regina) Tarbell, Jean (Thomas) Square, Bruce (Beatrice) Tarbell, and James (Megan) Tarbell, and many step-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren, all from the Akwesasne area.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Annette Fitzbag, and a stepdaughter, Carmen Tarbell.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where friends may call Sunday 1-5:00 PM and Monday 9-11:00 AM, prior to his funeral service at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may consider memorial contributions to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, a charity of one's choice or plant a tree in his memory through his obituary on the funeral home website.

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