Dr. William Philip "Phil" Shattuck
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Dr. William Philip "Phil" Shattuck, 89, father of Tallahassee City Commissioner Nancy Miller, passed away in Asheville, NC on Friday, August 23, 2013 after a brief illness.Born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 29, 1924, he was the only son of the late Mr. & Mrs. John W. Shattuck. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Betty Bass Shattuck, who died recently in June 2013, and by his childhood sweetheart and first wife, Helen Lucille Gray who died of polio at 24. A graduate of Rocky River High School in Rocky River, Ohio and the Northern Illinois College of Optometry, Phil practiced optometry in Asheville for fifty years.He was a member of the American Optometric Association, North Carolina Optometric Society, and Mountain District Optometric Society.
Phil was a veteran of World War II and a member of the USAF Reserve until retiring in 1966 as a Lt. Col. As a member of the 317th Troop Carrier Group in the Pacific, he flew C-47s and later became the personal pilot for Lt. Gen. John R. Hodge, Comdr.XXIV Corps in Korea. Phil was a member of the Reserve Officer's Association, Air Force Association, and Military Officers Association of America. He was fortunate to have traveled to the grand opening of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. on a trip coordinated by Rotary Club.
Phil was a Charter Member of the Asheville Sertoma Club and the Asheville Rotary Club and a member of Central United Methodist Church. Phil is survived by two daughters, Nancy S. Miller of Tallahassee, FL and Beth S. Kuhfuss of Mackinaw, IL; two grandchildren, Betsy Caire Couch of Tallahassee, FL and Dr. Michael Thure Caire of Tampa, FL; and three great-grandchildren, Caroline Elizabeth Couch, William Shattuck "Tucker" Couch and Audrey Catherine Caire.
Phil's sunny smile, keen sense of humor, big bear hugs, singing and piano music will be deeply missed. A graveside service will be held in Asheville on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Asheville Humane Society or America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend in Tallahassee, Florida.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Sept. 5, 2013