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Phillip A. Rand, age 87, passed away in Klamath Falls, Ore., on Thursday, May 19, 2011. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Cremation was performed by Klamath Cremation Service, and he will be interred at Eagle Point National Cemetery.
Phil was born July 11, 1923, in Bath, Maine. He graduated from high school in Saugus, Mass. in 1941 and entered the Army Air Corps in May 1942 to become a pilot. He was sent to the South Pacific and to the Island of Guadalcanal to begin combat flying in P-38 and P-61 fighter aircraft. He flew 87 combat missions during this tour of duty during World War II. After returning to the United States, Phil continued his military career as an Air Force fighter pilot and commander for a total of 32 1/2 years of active duty. During these many years, he flew most propeller and jet fighter aircraft. He had two tours of duty at Kingsley Field, the first in 1961 as the Fighter Squadron Commander and the second in 1968 as the Fighter Group Commander. He was privileged to have commanded three fighter squadrons, a fighter group, a wing, an air division, and an Air Force Advisory Unit in Vietnam. In Vietnam 1966-1967, Phil flew another 240 combat missions. This gave him a total of 326 combat missions and 652 combat hours in fighter aircraft in these two wars. He was highly decorated by the United States and foreign governments.
After retiring from the Air Force in 1974, he returned to Klamath Falls where he lived for the rest of his life. He was the City of Klamath Falls Airport Manager at Kingsley Field for nearly 12 1/2 years, retiring again in 1988. He was a devoted amateur radio operator with the call-sign W7BW, having been licensed continuously since 1938.
Phil was a member of the VFW, American Legion, DAV, Daedalians, and many other military related organizations. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, and the Shrine. He was a 32nd degree Mason.
He was an avid reader, and he flew private aircraft right up until his passing.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Alice in 2002.
Survivors include his wife Judy, daughter and son-in-law Patricia and Lee Worthen of Cottonwood, Ariz., sons and daughters-in-law Stephen of Chesapeake, Va., Christopher and Becky in Woodbury, Minn., and Air Force General Robin and his wife Kim; stepchildren Nery and her husband Vee Rienthong of Phoenix, Ariz., and Rick Angel of Phoenix, Ariz. He will be missed by 12 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. He also leaves many dear friends in Rocky Point where he lived for 25 years, and in Klamath Falls.
Memorial donations may be made to Klamath Hospice, Inc., or Klamath Humane Society c/o Double C Dog Training.

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Published in Herald And News on May 24, 2011.
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May 18, 2020
I first met Phillip in 1962. I went to Klamath Falls to represent Rotorua, my home town as both Cities had become Sister Cities. During my time at Klamath Falls I met Phillip when taken to the Kingsley Field Air Base. he spent time in showing me around and he was so proud of the Air Force and Base. He then took me for a flight in a McDonnell F-101 Voodoo, (my first flight in a plane ) and on landing introduce me to the rest of his Squadron in the Officer Club. In 2004 I took my family to America and we spent 3 days in Klamath Falls seeing Phillip and his wife. Again in 2007 after land in San Francisco we drove to Klamath Falls and stayed with Phillip and he wife for about 6 days. Since that time I have keeping in touch with him by phone and e/mails. I spoke to him a few days before be passed away. He was a true gentleman, kind and very considerate. We miss him very much.
Clifford McDonald
May 18, 2019
We thing of you and the times we had together. Our many phone calls and staying with you and Judy our family shared many happy hours together all way in our thoughts. Rest in piece, our dear friend.
Clifford & Lesley McDonald
May 18, 2019
I often think of the great things he had done over his lifetime Rest in Peace old Man W7BW This is VK4JDF
john firth
June 2, 2011
COL, sir, You're among the stars which were meant for you years ago, but fell upon your youngest to whom you gave wings. Now your runways will always be clear and the wind to your back, as you soar the heavens with Him as your copilot. Hail & Farewell to an Air Warrior, J&SW
May 28, 2011
judy, sorry to hear about Phil. I remember a nice and friendly man. he taught me how to park a car so i could pass my driving test. I am certain you will miss him with all your heart. Don't forget to take care of yourself during this time of loss. Love and prayers, pam
pam welte
May 26, 2011
We are thinking of you Judy and all the family. Our love, fond memories, and prayers are with you. Barbara and Roland Krebs
May 25, 2011
I am very sorry to here that Phil has passed away,I enjoyed my visit with him whilst on holidays in the US.
Joh.D.H.Firth VK4JDF
May 25, 2011
Dear Phil;
I will always remember meeting you that first time in 1962, when I came to Klamath Falls representing your sister City Rotorua. You spent time showing me around your base and squadron at Kingsley Field, which you were so proud off. The most vidi memory I have of you at that time, was flying me in Voodoo 101 Jet Fighter, my first flight in a plane. What an experence///.
Some 42 years later I was thrilled to bring my family to met you and Judy. You spent time with us showing us around Klamath Falls and taking us to Crater Lake.
Staying with you and Judy 4 years ago, was againa very special time ,for us. We will miss your regular e/mails, skype and phone calls.
You have been a wonderfull friend.
Fly well and may the Good Lord take care of you until we met again
Clifford McDonald and Family, Lesley and Hamish
Clifford McDonald
May 25, 2011
Thinking of you and extending sincere sympathy from the Scottish Rite Brothers.
Frank Kuonen
May 25, 2011
Phil Rand was the nicest and most humble
man I've ever met. He will be missed.

From a masonic brother and veteran
Jim Davis
May 24, 2011
There are not enough words for me to express how wonderful and kind Phil was. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. He touched the lives of so many people. A great person and a true American Hero was lost with his passing. But the memories will last forever.
My Condolences to the family.....
DeeDee Tooker
May 24, 2011
I Loved and Respected my Great Uncle Phil deeply. He was a Great Man and Caring Person in SO many ways!!

In my Heart with Love Always Uncle Phil !!
Kim Wilgo-McClure
May 24, 2011
I was honored every week to visit with Phil up until earlier this year when he didn't get out much. He will be Greatly missed by many. I'm happy to have known him.
Rhonda Hoffine
May 24, 2011
It was an honor to serve under Col. Rand. He was a great leader and a true worrier. Rest in peace Colonel.
Bill Canavan
May 24, 2011
Judy and Robin,

Phil was always a pleasure to have visit the command office at Kingsley Field, great attitude and always interested in what was happening. He will be missed.
Tom Schiess
May 24, 2011
He is a true American Hero. Thank you dear friend for all you did to serve your fellowmen. We will miss you!
Kari Lortscher
May 24, 2011
I was always in awe of Col. Rand. He had my utmost respect.
Dennis Galloway
May 24, 2011
I believe Col Rand also flew combat missions in Korea. He was a true Icon.
Tom Schiff
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