Fred Leonard Phillips
1947 - 2021
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Fred Leonard Phillips

Shreveport - Fred Leonard Phillips, 73, passed away unexpectedly on May 23, 2021. Fred was an avid pilot and passed away doing what he loved.

Fred was born June 16, 1947. He was well known throughout the community for his service, philanthropy, and kind heart. Fred was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He had a smile and warmth that lit up any room. His love for others radiated and to know him was to love him. He cared deeply about his community in Shreveport and Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Fred lived an incredible life filled with adventure, excitement, compassion, and generosity. His zeal for knowledge began at a young age, and he received a BS degree from the University of Colorado in 1969 and an MBA degree from Tulane University in 1972. While Fred dedicated his life to and was a pillar of the oil and gas industry as the President and CEO of Phillips Energy, Aviation was his true passion. He learned to fly at age nineteen, so he was a pilot for fifty-five years and loved every second of it. Most days of the week you would find him at the hangar or soaring in the skies. He recently received the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for 50 years of flying from the Federal Aviation Administration. He had a fighter mentality and has overcome such tremendous hurdles in his life. He was known for his originality and he excelled living near the edge. He was an accomplished race-car driver, having competed world-wide including the 24 hours of Daytona. In 1974, he was invited to Germany to compete in the Kimberly Cup. Fred enjoyed skydiving and had made over 3500 jumps. Some of his other hobbies and passions include motorcycling, bicycling, and collecting watches and cars.

His children and grandchildren were his true pride and joy. He loved sitting on his back porch, watching the sunset surrounded by those he loved. Fred had finally reached a point in life where he was able to slow down and cherish every moment greatly.

Over the years, Fred has been a Board Member for many civic and business organizations. He was currently a Board Member of Aeropres Corporation, American Red Cross Northwest Louisiana Chapter, Southfield School Foundation, and The Betty and Leonard Phillips Deaf Action Center. Fred was also a Tiffany Circle Recipient for his level of giving to the American Red Cross. He was a sponsor and big supporter of the KTBS Freedom Fest. Additionally, Fred was the Vice President of the Betty and Leonard Phillips Foundation, where he continued his family's philanthropic legacy. Since his accident in 2019 he had turned his focus to burn advocacy and trauma awareness through The Electra Churchill Foundation.

Fred is preceded in death by his parents, Betty and Leonard Phillips and the love of his life, Electra Churchill. He is survived by his children and grandchildren who were the absolute light of his life: Christopher Phillips and his children Betty, Pierson, and Anderson; Cassidy and Carin Phillips and their children Sklar and Pace; Collin Phillips; Dr. Sue Phillips Grisham and Marcus Grisham and their children Phillips, Preston, and Paxton; and Dr. Alexa Phillips; his sister and brother-in-law Sandi and Jeffrey Kallenberg and their children Kimberly and Brad Schlosser; Gregory and Heidi Kallenberg; and Randolph and Tina Kallenberg and all of their beloved children. He is also survived by countless close friends. While this loss is a tragedy to the family, the community, and every heart that Fred has touched, there is peace knowing that he was doing what he loved and is reunited with his true love. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Betty and Leonard Phillips Deaf Action Center, The Electra Churchill Foundation, The American Red Cross Northwest Louisiana Chapter or the B'nai Zion Congregation.

The family will be at B'nai Zion Congregation on Thursday May 27, 2021 to receive friends and family at 2:30 pm and services will begin at 4:00 pm with Rabbi Dr. Jana L. De Benedetti officiating. A celebration of life will follow at The Petroleum Club of Shreveport from 5:30-8:30 pm. The Honorary Pallbearers will be Stacy Anderson Mijalis, Stafford Comegys, Danny Coy, John David Crow, David Myatt, Jon Q-Petersen, Edwin Sour, and Scott Stroud.






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Published in Shreveport Times from May 24 to May 27, 2021.
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B'nai Zion Congregation
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05:30 - 08:30 PM
The Petroleum Club
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May 29, 2021
My condolences to the Phillip’s family- I met Fred back in mid 90s at our Health Club Gold’s Gym / The Plex where he played Racquetball & Worked out daily also got to work him with a few of his fundraisers later on -Fred helped a lot of people over the last 25 years i knew him -He was one of the most energetic people i ever met - RIP my friend
Rick Brown
Friend
May 27, 2021
My deepest sympathies to the Phillips Family. I have known Freddie and Sandi since childhood from the Temple. It has been a number of years since seeing Sandi, but we were in the same class throughout school years. I did have a chance to visit with Freddie a few years back and he hadn't changed since we were youngsters. My thoughts are with all of his Family and especially Sandi.
Barry Kuperman
Friend
May 27, 2021
My name is John Corneal. I am the builder of the SubSonex Fred was flying. I met Fred through the sale last year and we became friends. A wonderful soul with a big heart it was a joy to spend time with him. I found the enjoyment of sipping Tequila through Fred!
Following the tragic loss of Electra it was heart warming to see the joy he experienced flying the jet. I felt it couldn’t have found a better home then in the company of Fred. It is heart breaking to lose a friend and my baby at the same time.
I gain comfort in knowing Fred is now at peace in the hands of God and reunited with Electra.
May God grant each of us understanding and peace.
John Corneal
Friend
May 25, 2021
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to meet Fred several times and get to know him somewhat. His love of life was infectious! I am sure I am not the only one who has been positively impacted by Fred and will strive to enjoy life to the fullest as a result. All the best to his family and friend during this difficult time.
Mike Garding
Neighbor
May 25, 2021
Mr. Phillips was our neighbor. We really didn't know him well but he stopped by the house one day and said he would take me for a ride in his next sports car that was soon to come in. He was soo nice and friendly. I wish we had known him better. We're sending our deepest condolences and love to his family!! Fly high Mr. Philips, you will be missed.
Gidget Hudson
Neighbor
May 25, 2021
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May 25, 2021
I did not know Fred but I did know the family a little, years ago; his sister Sandi was in my class at Byrd. My heart hurts for Fred's family and friends, but what a beautiful legacy he left. I hope they draw comfort from the memories and from each other.
Martha Grunwald Koelemay
Acquaintance
May 25, 2021
Freddie was a great person. I always enjoyed interacting with him about the airport. In my 20 plus years with the airport authority there was no bigger supporter of Shreveport's airports. The city, the airport, and the aviation community will miss him.
Roy Miller
Acquaintance
May 25, 2021
I was fortunate enough to have met Freddie in the 90’s, through my friend, Electra. He was the smartest, funniest, kindest, nonjudgmental & generous man I’d ever met. It will always be my greatest honor to be able to call Freddie my friend. I can imagine Freddie & Electra dancing in the sky-reunited again. My sincere condolences to the Phillips family in this time of great loss. He touched so so many lives and will truly be missed. His light and legacy will long live on. You all will remain in my thoughts and prayers. Fly High Freddie, Fly High! ❤
Janna Wainwright
Friend
May 25, 2021
Fred was so special and his kindness and friendship was so appreciated. He will be deeply missed by so many. Prayers, love, and light for his family who have been through so much.
Yvonne Paddie
Friend
May 25, 2021
Sorry to hear of Mr. Phillips passing. I knew of him through my Dad, who worked for Sklar & Phillips.
Continued prayers for his family and friends.
Sharlotte Sharbeno
Acquaintance
May 25, 2021
My heart breaks along side all whom loved Fred. He was a funny, smart, risk taker and was strong and dedicated. I learned a lot from him and will continue to do so. Godspeed, Freddy. BSBD.
Laurel Rice Brightwell
Friend
May 25, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Wanda Carr
Friend
May 24, 2021
I got to summit Kilimanjaro with his son, Cassidy, back in 2013 and I now have a fuller understanding and respect for his family and how he was raised into the man he is today. Cassidy and family: may our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ show himself ever so close to you in this time as he is always step by step. “Pamoja- Pamoja”
Joe Anderson
Friend
May 24, 2021
My condolences to the family and friends!
He joins the other airplane enthusiast that have gone before him doing what they loved!
Elinor Horton
Acquaintance
May 24, 2021
I am truly saddened to learn of Freddie’s death. I knew him because of my close relationship with Susie Bell and her family. I spent many times at their home on Cross Lake. My prayers to him and his family.
Sam Lucero
Friend
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