Vernon “Phil” D. Phillips
Longtime Eagle River resident Vernon “Phil” D. Phillips died Oct. 28, 2011 after a battle with Leukemia and complications of COPD. He was 79.
He was born in Camdenton, Mo. in 1932 and served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1961. He ran Phil’s Texaco Service Station in Eagle River for 10 years. He became a truck driver in 1975 and retired from the Teamsters Union in 1998.
During his retirement he kept busy building his two homes with the assistance of his long-time friend, Wayne Cousineau. Vernon loved spending long hours working, and was meticulously attentive to the craftsmanship of both houses.
“Vernon will be greatly missed but not forgotten by all who dearly loved him. Our family would like to extend a special thank-you to all of the medical staff that took care of him,” his family said.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dallas and Vera Phillips; step-mother, Helen M. Phillips; and sisters, Laverne Appleman and Novella Leverson. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Helen R. Phillips; daughters, Beverly Patson, Donna Kurka and Diane Phillips; sons, Larry Phillips, David Phillips and Richard Phillips; sister, Peggy Maupin; numerous nephews and nieces; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held on Nov. 3, 2011, at the First Baptist Church of Eagle River with pastor Todd Burgess officiating.