Vernon Phillips

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Vernon "Phil" D. Phillips, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, and friend went to be with the Lord on October 28, 2011 after a courageous battle with Leukemia, and complications of COPD; he was 79 years old.

Vernon was a longtime resident of Eagle River, Alaska. Born in Camdenton, MO in 1932, he served in the US Army from 1953-1961, and ran Phil's Texaco Service Station in Eagle River for 10 years. He became a truck driver in 1975 and retired from the Teamsters Union in 1998.

During his retirement he kept extremely busy building his two homes with the assistance of his long-time friend Wayne Cousineau. Vernon loved spending long hours working, and was meticulously attentive to the craftsmanship of both houses.

His parents Dallas and Vera Phillips, step-mother Helen M. Phillips, sisters Laverne Appleman, and Novella Leverson, preceded him. He is survived by the love of his life, Helen R. Phillips, his wife for 59 years, saughters: Beverly Patson, Donna Kurka, Diane Phillips; sons: Larry Phillips, David Phillips, Richard Phillips; sister Peggy Maupin, numerous nephews, and nieces, 13 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 2:30 pm on November 3, 2011, at the First Baptist Church of Eagle River; Pastor Todd Burgess officiating.

Vernon will be greatly missed but not forgotten by all who dearly loved him.

Our family would like to extend a special thank-you to all of the medical staff that took care of him.

Arrangements are with Janssen's Eagle River Funeral Home;

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Nov. 2 to Nov. 3, 2011