Grant Phillips (1923 - 2017)

  • "A very dear, sweet man. Lots of love to the family."
    - Sarah Jakits
  • "There goes a good man. Respected by all, admired by even..."
  • "Dearest Brad, My sincere condolences for your loss. I know..."
    - Terri Silberer
  • "May the God of comfort be with you at this time"
    - Connie
  • "I'm sorry to learn of Grant's passing. Condolences and love..."

Grant Phillips passed away on December 1st, 2017 at the age of 94 with his loved ones at his side. Born July 17th, 1923, in Des Moines, Iowa, Grant was the youngest of 7 children. His life read like a novel: in the Depression years his family criss crossed the country in their car, following fruit harvests and working where work was available. During better economic times the Phillips family settled in the small town of Sara, Washington, where Grant attended the local Sara School and met his future wife, Lois McWilliams.

When WWII came along Grant served as a marine in the South Pacific. He saw a torpedo miss the bow of his transport ship by yards, spent several isolated months on a fishing vessel delivering correspondence among the islands, and ended up on then-classified Johnston Atoll before returning stateside.

After the War Grant followed a dream and moved to Alaska, traveling up on a steamer through the Inside Passage. He spent the first winter unloading railroad ties on the docks in Whittier, followed by a series of jobs including being a fire-sniffer at the Westward Hotel, helping build the first Ship Creek water tunnel out of wood, and eventually landing a job with the Anchorage School District. He was soon followed north by the love of his life, Lois. In those early years Grant and Lois homesteaded on the Kenai River, their original trail later evolving into K-Beach Road from Soldotna to the Ciechanski corner. They moved back to Anchorage for work, where they built a house on O'Malley Road and lovingly raised their children: Lynn, Craig, and Brad, while returning regularly to the homestead. Upon retirement in 1980 they returned to the Kenai permanently. Though he lost Lois to cancer in 1996, Grant continued the life of a homesteader: doing carpentry, chopping wood, and puttering around the homestead with his dog. A natural story-teller, he loved company and swapping stories over coffee. He made an everlasting impression on his children and their families, always exemplifying the value of hard work and family. He will be forever remembered with love!

Grant will be missed by many, but in particular by his children, Lynn, Craig, and Brad and their families: Lynn Martinez and David Duran, (Christopher and Iris Martinez: Ethan and Aidan) (Jeffrey and Angel Martinez,) (Alyssa and Steve Pollard); Craig and Suzi Phillips: (Noelle and Beau Miller,) (Heidi and Tommy Tomrdle: Maya, Seylor, and LeRoy,) (Ben and Angel Phillips: Ben, Miracle, Noah); Brad and Sue Phillips: (Sean Otis and Misty Pearcy: Skyler, Ayverie) (Jessica and Darren Henry: Makenzie and Mikayla, Anniya, Bradley, and Harper) (Ryan and Morgan Phillips: Nalaynia, Titus, Natalie, Nia) (Chelsey and Kevin Hepburn: Rainn, Neveah, Dezmond, London, and Esme'), as well as many other friends and family.At Grant's request no services wereplanned, but please raise a cup of coffee the next time you think of him!
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5839 Kenai Spur Hwy.
Kenai, AK 99611
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Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Dec. 17, 2017
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