Richard “Dick” H. Phillips, 90, of Keokuk, formerly of Warsaw, passed away on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy.
Richard was born on March 25, 1929, in Warsaw, Illinois, the son of Truman and Evelyn (Knight) Phillips. On November 30, 1963, he was united in marriage to Marian Lucille Dunham in Hamilton, Illinois. She survives.
A lifelong resident of the Warsaw area, Richard began his working career as an electrician in the United States Navy, where he served his country proudly. He was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Warsaw and the American Legion in Keokuk. He went on to own the IGA grocery store in Warsaw and later worked as a maintenance supervisor at Griffin Wheel in Keokuk. In his free time, Richard enjoyed hunting, fishing, mushroom hunting, farming and golf. He was an avid Cubs fan, and enjoyed watching sports on TV on the weekends and solving the New York Times crossword puzzles.
Richard is survived by his wife Marian Phillips of Keokuk, Iowa; seven children: Pauline Phillips-Gill of Montrose, Iowa; James Sanderson of Quincy, Illinois; Joyce (David) Hauk of Warsaw; Robert (Kim) Sanderson of Twin Lakes, Wisconsin; Cynthia (Kevin) Roskamp of Mendon, Illinois; Elizabeth Jones of Quincy, Illinois; and Patricia (Adolph) Mejia of San Antonio, Texas; eighteen grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Richard is also survived by his siblings Elsie Boyer, Nancy McLaughlin, Patricia (Bill) Mitz and Wilma Emmerson; his daughter-in-law Paulette Sanderson, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Richard is preceded in death by his parents, his son George Sanderson and his brother Robert Phillips.
Richard’s life will be celebrated with a funeral service at noon on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Warsaw, with burial to follow at the Lutheran Cemetery in Warsaw. Military rites will be accorded at the cemetery by the Navy Funeral Honors team and the Hancock County Honor Guard. Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from 10 am to noon directly before the service.
Memorials in memory of Richard may be directed to the Concordia Lutheran Missionaries.
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