July 19, 2007
ANDREW “PAUL” PHILLIPS
(12/10/1927 - 7/6/2007)
Andrew “Paul” Phillips, 79, passed away July 6, 2007, surrounded by his family and friends.
Funeral services were held on July 9, 2007, at D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Floral Hills Funeral Home. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.
He is survived by his wife, Sara Louise; one sister, Irene Osborn; three children, Karen, Mark and Scott, their spouses, Bob Woods and Sally Simon-Phillips; three grandsons, Michael Veit, Christopher Veit, and Hylan Phillips, and many others who knew and loved him.
Born to Andrew and Ella Phillips on December 10, 1927, in Milton, IA, he was the youngest of five children.
He spent much of his youth hunting, fishing, and trapping commercially in north central Missouri. After his oldest brother was killed on Tarawa in the South Pacific, Paul left home to serve in the Merchant Marines. He was 16 years old. He survived the sinking of three ships during his service and continued life as a sailor after the war, traveling around the world over three times. He was drafted into the Infantry in the spring of 1951, serving as a Sniper-Scout with the 27th Infantry the “Wolfhounds”. He fought at the Battle of Heartbreak Ridge and at Sandbag Hill. He was honorably discharged as a Master Sergeant in the fall of 1952, having turned down several battlefield commissions.
He attended the University of Missouri College of Engineering under the GI Bill and was a member of Pi Tau Sigma, graduating in January of 1959 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He became a Registered Professional Engineer and was Superintendent of Power at Henderson Generating Station, Greenwood, MI, for the Board of Public Utilities, Kansas City, KS. He was Project Engineer for “The Eternal Flame” Memorial at the John F. Kennedy Gravesite, Arlington National Cemetery. Paul finished his career as a Partner and Project Engineer with Phelps, Hogland, and Phillips Engineering in Independence, MO. He was responsible for the planning and construction of the Sikeston Power Station in Sikeston, MO.
His professional success allowed him to retire at 55 and devote the remainder of his life to traveling with his wife, Sarah and raising his family and his grandsons, attending Lakewood Baptist Church, and sharing many happy hours fishing with his family and friends. He gave us the greatest gift by living a life well, with great faith, and without regret or remorse. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Condolences for the family may be sent to website www.dwnewcomers.com. Arrangements were by D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64133, (816) 353-1218.