Richard C. Phillips

Richard Clarence Phillips, age 86, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family on June 23, 2013. He was born on August 16, 1926, in Shamokin, PA, to Lottie Kohler and Daniel Phillips.

Richard was part of the 1944 graduating class at Shamokin High School and immediately entered the Navy (Seabees), having served in the Okinawa campaign during WWII. In 1946, he entered Syracuse University, where he earned an Engineering degree. Sometime thereafter, he married the love of his life, Beverly Hill. Together, they raised two children, Karen and Rick.

Mr. Phillips was predeceased by his son, Rick; and is survived by his wife, Beverly; daughter, Karen Kugelmann (Pete); granddaughters, Rachel Driggers (Matt), Amanda, Hannah and Molly Kugelmann; and three great-grandchildren, Madeline, Owen and Liam Driggers.

Richard had a diverse career in electrical engineering that spanned various companies; US Gypsum, Sylvania, Martin Marietta, IBM, Control Data Corporation and Harris. Richard and Beverly also successfully owned and operated Martha's Gift Shop in Cocoa Village for fifteen years and enjoyed being a part of the Village Merchants and Community.

Services for family and friends will be Saturday at 1:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church in Titusville off Hopkins Street.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Saint Francis at 1250-B Grumman Place, Titusville, or The Dialysis Center of North Brevard at Medical Century Drive, Titusville.

Richard will be greatly missed by his family and dear friends. The family also extends blessed gratitude to Dr. Maria Torres, Dr. Imran Rashid and their medical teams, and the staff at Hospice of Saint Frances for their collective loving care for our Papa.

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North Brevard Funeral Home
1450 Norwood Avenue Titusville, FL 32796
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Published in FLORIDA TODAY on June 26, 2013