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1937 - 2013 In Memoriam Condolences
FRANCIS EUGENE PHILLIPS June 21, 1937 - March 20, 2013 Francis Eugene Phillips, 75 of Red Bluff, CA, passed away suddenly on March 20, 2013 at home due to a heart attack. He was the only child born to Benton Phillips and Daisy Boughnou Phillips on June 21, 1937 in Clay Center, KS. He lived with his Grandparents, John and Daisy Boughnou in Thayer, MO for two years while his mother was being treated for tuberculosis and his father was in the Army. When his mother was released from the hospital, he and his mother joined his father in Philadelphia, PA. He attended schools in Philadelphia, PA, San Mateo, and Oakland,CA. While he lived in San Mateo, he was a newspaper boy selling papers in front of the Walgreen's Drug Store. His parents moved to Susanville in 1953. During his Junior and Senior years, he worked as a Delivery Boy for Golden Rule Market and Hills Red and White Market. After he graduated from Lassen High School in 1955, he moved with his parents to Rio Linda, CA. In 1955, he and his cousin, Ron Simmons, attended Sunday school at the First Methodist Church in San Mateo. He looked across the room and his eyes set upon his future wife, Judith Hull. In June 1957, he married Judith at the First Methodist Church in San Mateo. From 1955 to 1958, he worked for Lucky Stores and Safeway Stores in Sacramento as a Grocery Clerk. From 1958 to 1961, he worked for Raley's Drug Center in Sacramento. He was eventually promoted to the position of Manager for the Raley's Super Center. His Army Reserve was activated during the Berlin Crisis from October 1961 to August 1962. He was stationed in Granite City, IL. When he returned from active duty, he continued to work for Raley's Drug Center as Assistant Manager from 1962 to 1966. In 1966, the family moved to Vacaville, CA. From 1966 to 1979, he was a Deliveryman Salesman for Rawson Drug Company and United Distributing. From 1979 to 1981, he was owner of Phillips Shoe Store in Fairfield, CA. For six months in 1981, he was a Dental Technician for Donald Cradduck at D & J Dental Laboratory in Fairfield. In 1982 to 1992, he worked as a Hazardous Waste Handler for Alameda Air Station. From 1993 to 1997, he and his son, Robert, ran Phillips Towing in the Suisun-Fairfield area. Francis retired in 1997. In August 2000, Francis asked Judith if she wanted to retire from her job of over 23 years with the Solano County Auditor-Controllers Office . He wanted to return to the Susanville area. It did not take much to convince her. They purchased a lovely home in the countryside in Janesville and lived there until they moved to Red Bluff in 2008. When he moved to Susanville as a teenager, he started taking accordion lessons. He became quite a musician and loved to bring out his accordion and play for his family and grandchildren. In his teen years, his hobby was working with leather making belts and beautiful purses. He was a loving husband and father. He liked the outdoors. He would take all his family on camping trips with his pickup and camper. Occasionally, he would go on hunting trips with his son and son-in-laws. He was a member of the Vacaville Lodge No. 134, Free and Accepted Masons. He went up the line of offices and served as Worshipful Master in 1976. He also was a member and went through the line of offices for the Royal Arch Masons Chapter No. 43, Vacaville Commandery No. 38 Knights Templar, and King Solomon's Temple No. 29. He served as Worthy Patron for the Vacaville Chapter No. 28, Order of the Eastern Star in 1975 and Yosolano Chapter No. 218, Winters in 1979 and 1980. He served on the Vacaville Assembly Order of Rainbow for Girls Board. He was a member of the Ben Ali Temple and The Scottish Rite. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club in Fairfield. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Judith and their children; daughter Patricia Metcalf; daughter Tammy Tice; daughter Debora Phillips; daughter Betty Coleman and son Robert Phillips and their spouses; 14 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. The family gives their heartfelt thanks to Dr. John Swaim and his staff (Cheryl and Sharon) and St. Elizabeth Home Health for their assistance, support, and kindness. A lovely Memorial Service, officiated by the Vesper Lodge No. 84, F. & A.M., Red Bluff, was held on March 27, 2013 at the Hoyt-Cole Chapel of the Flowers, Red Bluff, CA. Private interment will be held in the future at the Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery, Vacaville, CA.
Published in Daily News on Apr. 13, 2013
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