Wendell "Windy" Phillips (1923 - 2014)

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Wendell "Windy" Phillips joined his wife Bernice, this day, May 31, 2014, at the age of 91. They were married for 32 years. He served 21 years in the United States Air Force. Upon entering the Air Force in 1943, he attended pilot training, graduating in February 1945. He became a pilot instructor and was qualified as both a transport pilot and tactical fighter pilot. His first assignment was in Africa and the Middle East. After returning stateside, he attended Air Weather School at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., and became a meteorologist and weather officer. He completed his decorated service of 21 years at Scott Air Force Base, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1965. After retiring from the Air Force, he moved his family to Washington DC and completed a second career with Unisys Corporation.
Survivors include his six children from his first marriage of 38 years to Janet Booher Phillips; Nicole O'Neil and her husband Richard, Wendell G. Phillips, David Phillips, Natalie Hocknell and husband William, Kevin Phillips and his wife Marlett, and Scott Phillips; grandchildren, Shannon Lantzy and Colin O'Neil, Kim Phillips, Helen and Robert Hocknell and Jana and Hannah Phillips; great grandchildren, Odin and Calliope Lantzy.
Wendell and his late wife Bernice were active members of the First Baptist Church of Niceville for 32 years. A heart felt thanks to his caring church community. We are grateful to Jim and Debora Milne for their very special friendship. He will be forever in our hearts and eternally missed.
Services will be held Wednesday June 4, at 10 a.m.at Niceville First Baptist Church with a visitation from 9 to 10 a.m. Interment with military honors will follow on Thursday, June 5, at 11:45 a.m. at Barrancas National Cemetery, Naval Air Station, 1 Cemetery Road, Pensacola, FL.
You may go online to offer condolences to the family and sign the guestbook at www.heritagegardensfuneralhome.com. Heritage Gardens Funeral Home of Niceville is entrusted with the arrangements.
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on June 3, 2014
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