Charles Henry (Chick) Phillippi

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Charles Henry (Chick) Phillippi Charles Henry "Chick" Phillippi died at home on Jan. 24, 2014. Born to Ruth and Charles Henry Phillippi, Sr., and reared in Philadelphia, he graduated from Dobbins Voc-Tech High. Chick served four years in the U.S. Air Force in MATS and Strategic Air Command. In 1956, he homesteaded in Wasilla, Alaska, and flew bush air transport for pioneer Bob Reeve of Reeve Aleutian Airways. In the summers of 2002-2004, he and his wife returned to Alaska and served the Department of Natural Resources at Quartz Lake near Delta. Married to Cora Lee (Eddy), they lived for 33 years in Prospectville with their sons, Matthew Charles, Jonathan Henry and Ho Van Binh. A conservationist, Chick served on the Horsham Township Park Board when they set ground aside/planned for Carl Kohler Park (71 acres), Deep Meadow Park (51 acres), and Samuel Carpenter Park (30 acres). A community activist, he coached American Legion baseball for five seasons and was All Star coach three times. He coached Horsham Little League for five years and was a Cub Scout board member. A constable for Horsham Township, he was also Judge of Elections for his voting district for 16 years. A volunteer in global education, he had N.G.O. status at the U.N. and downloaded information from Geneva for educational use. Chick proudly served with both the Pa. Game and the Pa. Fish & Boat Commissions for a total of 42 years of service. He taught fishing classes at Camp Cadet for 20 years and helped fellow law enforcement officers renovate a historic cabin on Tussy Mountain. He ranked high in state target shooting competitions and was an avid hunter, fisherman and camper. He and his wife moved to State College in 1993 where he assisted in the family business, Japan Travel Consultants, ran related international projects and hosted international guests. Chick enjoyed travel and visited U.S. and world-wide sites in his retirement. An avid music lover, he performed with Robert Shaw, Fred Waring and The Mastersingers. A devoted family man, he is survived by his wife of 54 years, Cora Lee; sons Matthew (Lisa Bauz) of Reading, Jonathan (Mari Ueno) of State College, Binh Van Ho (Ha Dang) of Philadelphia; five beloved grandchildren - Brian, Andrew, Alex, Meghan and Rei; a sister, Barbara Anne DuBree of Stuart, Fla.; and nephews Rob and Charles DuBree. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb.1 at 11 a.m. at Willow Grove Methodist Church, Willow Grove; a luncheon will follow. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Bald Eagle State Park at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Greb-Phillippi Fund to fund international exchange scholarships c/o JapanTrac, 1431 Linn St., State College, PA 16803. Arrangements are by Koch Funeral Home, State College. Internment will be private.

Published in Centre Daily Times on Jan. 26, 2014
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