Jason Phillips of Rockford died Sunday at his home after a sudden illness. He was 29.

According to an obituary in the Rockford Register Star, Jason was born July 23, 1977 in Rockford. He graduated in the top 25 of his class from Auburn High School in 1995 and received a degree in finance and marketing from Illinois State University in 2000, where he was a member of the drum line.

Jason received his first drum set at 3 years old and had been playing since, including summers with Phantom Regiment Cadets and Phantom Regiment Pre-Cadets. He also was a former member of the Rockford Pipe Band.

Survivors include his wife, Amanda, and daughter, Anna.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 3, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Road in Rockford. Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. until the time of service Thursday.

Condolences may be extended to the family at fitzgeraldfh.com.

For the complete obituary in the Register Star, click here.