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Phipps, William Arthur
(1927-2015) 88, of Chandler, Arizona passed away on December 20, 2015. Bill was born in Modesto CA on May 17, 1927 to George and Cecile Phipps. He spent his early years in Yakima WA with his siblings Maurine, Nancy and Robert, and graduated from Yakima High School in 1945. Bill served in the US Navy and graduated from Yakima Junior College before gaining a degree in architecture from the University of Washington in 1954. He married Elizabeth (Bette) Rensch on July 31, 1954 and together they created a loving home for five children. After 16 years in private practice in Yakima, the family moved to Olympia WA where Bill was administrative architect for the development of The Evergreen State College. He joined the architecture staff at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in 1973 and advanced to University Architect. The family moved to Tempe AZ in 1977, where Bill had a private practice for 13 years. He finished his career as a facilities management architect with Maricopa County and retired in 1997. Bill enjoyed designing single and multi-family residential projects, schools, colleges, hospitals, high rise office buildings, manufacturing plants, community centers and churches. In retirement, Bill volunteered as a design consultant and draftsman to the Sunbird retirement community and St. Steven's Church in Chandler. Bill was a loving husband and father, faithful Catholic, avid golfer, prolific artist, creative inventor, and passed along his love of the outdoors while camping with his family. He will be greatly missed by his wife Bette, his children and their spouses: Brad and Jane (Sunnyvale CA), Jim and Susan (Tempe AZ), Brian and Robin (Mesa AZ), Molly and Jeff (Colorado Springs CO), and Michele (Chandler AZ); his brother Robert Phipps (Portland, OR) five nephews and a niece, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, December 30th, at St. Steven's Catholic Church, 24827 S. Dobson Rd. Sun Lakes, AZ. Interment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Sunbird Carebears, 6250 S. Sunbird Blvd., Chandler, AZ 85249.


Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 27, 2015
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