Brian Philipp (1956 - 2013)

  • "Dear Jean, Maddy & Zach: Thoughts, prayers & love with all..."
    - Susie Dahm Gray
  • "Jean, Maddy and Zach: We will greatly miss Brian and all..."
    - Doug Friedman

Brian Philipp

Brian F. "Bubba" Philipp, passed away Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Brian was born Aug. 23, 1956 in Milwaukee, Wis., to Richard and Iva Jeanne, nee Tyler, Philipp. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy after graduating from Brookhaven High School in Brookhaven, Miss. Brian was a member of 12th Company and he earned a B.S. in general engineering.

Upon commissioning, Brian served as a Surface Warfare Officer (SWO), serving onboard frigates and cruisers. In May, 1991 Brian completed his Masters in Applied Science at Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif. Brian's sea duty assignments culminated in his tour as Executive Officer (XO) of the USS Dale (CG-19) from January, 1993 through June, 1994. During this tour, USS Dale was the flag ship for Commander Naval Forces Atlantic supporting the United Nations' resolutions concerning Bosnia and Yugoslavia. Following this final sea tour, Brian completed the Air Command and Staff College curriculum at The Air War College, Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Ala. This was followed by assignment to Scott AFB, Belleville, Ill., where he served as Deputy J6 Operations from August, 1995 until his retirement in May, 1999. Brian's military awards include a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, a Defense Joint Service Achievement Medal, and a Navy Meritorious Service Medal.

Brian married Jean Ellen Friedman on August 23, 1994, and Brian and Jean made their home in Swansea, Ill. In his retirement, Brian began his second career as a stay-at-home dad to his daughter Madeleine "Maddy", and son Zachary "Zach". He juggled play dates, car pools, school activities, sports team schedules, and helped with homework on many, many nights. Brian still found time to enjoy his hobbies of woodworking and flying RC aircraft. He became a truly accomplished woodworker, and Brian and Jean's home is filled with many pieces of fine furniture built by Brian. He was a member of The Midwest Air Wing R/C Club, and he built and flew several magnificent RC model aircraft planes.

Brian was a loving husband and father, a dedicated Naval officer, a fantastic cheerleader no matter what the sport, and a generous man who was always willing to lend a hand. He will be remembered for his quick humor, his love of Navy football, and his wonderful smile.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard C. and Iva Jeanne, nee Tyler, Philipp; his mother-in-law, Germaine Friedman; and his brother-in-law, Donald Friedman.

He is survived by his wife Jean, children Maddy and Zach; two brothers, Christopher (Kristina) Philipp, and Douglas Philipp; and a sister, Tammy (Alan) Leger; brothers-in-law, Steve (Sue) Friedman, Chuck (Kay) Friedman, Larry (Ann) DeGroodt, Doug (Denise) Friedman, Jeff (Laura) Friedman, and James (June) Tipton; and many nieces and nephews who will miss their Uncle Bubba.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, or to Heartland Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may call from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at Union United Methodist Church, Belleville, Ill.

Funeral: A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at Union United Methodist Church, Belleville, Ill., with Pastor Holly Wood officiating.

Funeral Home
George Renner & Sons Funeral Home
120 North Illinois Street Belleville, IL 62220
(618) 233-5400
Funeral Home Details
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Dec. 26, 2013
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