He graduated from Fort Scott High School with the class of 1944, then attended Fort Scott Community College. He served our country in the United States Navy during WW II. He married Virginia Swaim on May 9, 1949, at Bentonville, Ark. She preceded him in death on Oct. 13, 2009. He served in the Fort Scott Police Department until retiring in 1975. He also worked for the Sand Springs, Okla., school system as a custodian. Fred was a member of the Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 V.F.W. in Fort Scott, and DAV Post No. 64 in Monett, Mo. He was a member of the West 20th Street Christian Church in Joplin, and following the tornado, he attended the Park Plaza Christian Church.
Survivors include two sons, Fredrick Eugene Phillips, Joplin, Mo., and Michael Lynn Phillips, Neosho, Mo., two brothers, Murrel Phillips, Baldwin City, Kan., and Dee Ward, Pittsburg, Kan.; two sisters, Mary Wescoat, Hiattville, Kan., and Alpha Swaim, Webb City, Mo. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Stacy Burkhart, Kristin Schultz, Caitlyn Phillips, Damon Phillips and three great-grandchildren, Madison Burkhart, Jaxson Schultz and Lukas Schultz. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Clarence Phillips and Darrel Phillips and two sisters, Erlene Phillips and Wanda Spence.
Rev. B.A. Austin will conduct funeral services at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 V.F.W. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. Tuesday until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Post No. 1165 V.F.W. and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.