Services set for Richard Philips
Richard Gordon Philips died at his home in Heeney Colorado on May 16, 2006. He was born in Eureka Kansas on Dec. 8, 1925 the son of Harvey Gordon Philips and Eunice Wilderman. Richard (“Dick” to friends and family) attained “Eagle” Scout during his High School years in Eureka and was awarded the Bausch & Lomb Science Award. After graduating from High School he enlisted in the Army Air Corp. He was trained as a Flight Engineer for B-29’s and was honorably discharged as a Flight Engineer Officer in 1945. Upon discharge he attended the University of Kansas where he met and married Margaret (“Maggie”) Alice Dean on Jan. 30, 1948. After their marriage, they settled in Wichita, Kansas where Dick worked as the Service Manager for a GMC car agency, dealing with Cadillacs and Chevys. Later he went to work for the Coleman Co. and in 1957, Dick took a transfer to Monticello Indiana. By this time the family had grown to include three children with a fourth born in Indiana. In 1958 Dick went to work for the Kohler Co., in the small engine division, where he worked as a hands- on field salesman. In 1963 the family moved to West Chicago, Illinois. Here he and Maggie bought the Tastee Freeze, which Maggie operated while Dick continued to work for Kohler Co. He left Kohler after 20 years, finally serving as their Manager of Field Sales. In 1978 he and Maggie bought the Green Mountain Inn in Heeney, Colorado. He and the family operated the Inn until 1988 serving specialties such as the Cheesy Heeney Beanie Weenie.In Colorado, Dick was very active in his local community. From 1979-1993 he was a member of various Summit County Planning Commissions. He was one of several people instrumental in getting a permanent fire station built in Heeney and was a member of the Lower Blue Fire District Board. Dick had a huge capacity for enjoying life, and his unfailing cheerfulness was very infectious. He was interested in just about everything from history to any kind of new technology. He was to his family and many friends an engineering genius. Dick was extremely self-reliant and could fix, build, or re-build practically anything or tell someone else how. He was always busy and engaged in life, up until the day he died. Dick had an incredibly full and exceptional life. His absence has created a huge void for his family and friends that will never be filled. He was preceded in death by his wife Maggie on January 31, 2006, and a sister Mary Ellen Philips. Among the grieving relatives are; three daughters: Keats Ann Scott and husband Don; Susan Lynn Middagh and husband Michael; Abbie Jo Peters and husband Brian; one son, David Kent Philips and wife Lyn; three grandchildren: Katie Philips, Willa Peters and Keaton Peters; sister Janet Knight and husband Carl; sister-in-law, Mary Jane Dean Battaglia and husband, Angelo, and daughters; and very special close friends Dianne Philips, and Don Mertes. There was cremation. A memorial is planned for Saturday, June 24, 2006, at 2 p.m., at the Community Center, Heeney, Colorado. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lower Blue Fire Protection District, 0011 S.C.R. 1793, Silverthorne, CO 80498.
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