David Allan Phillippi passed away, Sunday, October 15, 2006, in his home surrounded by family, his greatest love. Dave was born November 12, 1936, to Joel and Frances Hussey Phillippi. He grew up in Bronson and attended Ottawa University on a football scholarship. He graduated from Pittsburg State University with biology and teaching degrees, then earned his Master of Science Degree from Oklahoma State University on a National Science Foundation grant. He taught science and coached sports for 28 years. After retiring from public education, he worked for the federal Envionmental Protectio Agency for 20 years, retiring in June 2004.
Dave is survived by his wife of 49 years, Joyce Nelson Phillippi, formerly of Pomona; daughter Teresa Mallare and husband, Ron, of Leawood; son, Jeff Phillippi and wife, Denise, of Olathe; and six wonderful grandchildren, Megan, Alexandra, and Nicholas Mallare, and Caleb, Logan and Jacob Phillippi; brother Sam Phillippi, Mesquite, Texas; sister, Virginia Aubert, LaHarpe; brothers-in-law Ralph and Bernard Nelson, Kansas City; and many nieces and nephews.
Dave lived what he said he believed -- the true measure of any man. He displayed personal courage and inner conviction to always act honorably. May the lives he touched be a testament to that effort he put forth.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, October 21, 2006, at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, 143rd and Blackbob in Olathe. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The family suggests contributions to Crossroads Hospice, 9237 Ward Parkway, Suite 300, Kansas City, MO 64114 or Gift of Life Transplant House, 705 Second St. SW, Rochester, MN 55902. Online condolences may be left at www.penwellgabel.com.