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William E. Phillips Obituary


Memories & Candles

“I only had the pleasure of visiting with Bill once, but the impression that he left on me was one of strength and zest, a great sense of humor. My...Read More »
1 of 62 | Posted by: Kimberly Oaxaca

“I love you, dad. ”
2 of 62 | Posted by: Kelly

“Grandpa Ga, I'm only 5 months old but will always remember my favorite Ga. Thanks for letting me squeeze your finger and smiling at me when you...Read More »
3 of 62 | Posted by: Madelin Grace

“Bill was truly one of my favorite people--will miss his laugh and the jokes we shared! Special thanks to "Team Bill" for sharing such a wonderful...Read More »
4 of 62 | Posted by: Lori Olivero

“My college roommate our Frosh and Soph years at MSU. Didnt get to see him after i left Montana back to Indiana. He was a great roomie and friend. ...Read More »
5 of 62 | Posted by: John Ockomon

“Never thought I was a very funny guy... that was until time spent with Bill. Not sure if i was just that funny, or Bill's laugh was just that...Read More »
6 of 62 | Posted by: Everett Papulias

“Jeanette, Much love coming your way from Maine. May your happiest memories wrap themselves around you and your family. How so very lucky you...Read More »
7 of 62 | Posted by: Judy Enright

“Dear Phillips family, We are saddened by the lose of your loved one Bill who was a tower of a man and will be missed greatly. We are keeping you...Read More »
8 of 62 | Posted by: Boyd & Peggy Foster

“I was never blessed with the opportunity to meet Bill. However I have gotten to know his son John, and there could be no greater compliment of a man...Read More »
9 of 62 | Posted by: Paul Timmons

“Dearest Jeanette, I just read the sad news. I have been thinking about the two of you so much but was hesitant to call or send a card until I knew...Read More »
10 of 62 | Posted by: Jeannette Gregg

“I am truly sorry for your loss....... thinking of you............ Sue Klein ”
11 of 62 | Posted by: Susan Klein

“So many fond memories and laughs when we worked together for Mountain Bell and later with FEMA. Montana will never be the same without you and your...Read More »
12 of 62 | Posted by: Mike McGowan

“Jeanette and family, What a beautiful tribute to Bill. Although I never met him, I have heard many wonderful things about him. I am truly sorry for...Read More »
13 of 62 | Posted by: Kathy Shewey

“Jeanette, Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. ”
14 of 62 | Posted by: Ken and Diana Luke

“I am so sorry for your loss. I can't remember a time when I saw Bill and he wasn't smiling. May he rest in eternal peace. ”
15 of 62 | Posted by: Josh and Michele Richtel

“You already are SO missed Brother Bill. I will never forget the millions of laughs we had together. No one will EVER be able to tell the "BEAR STORY...Read More »
16 of 62 | Posted by: Neila Connors

“My deepest condolences to Jeanette, John, Kelly and children as it's so painfull in this time of sorrow. I feel it an honor to have known Bill and...Read More »
17 of 62 | Posted by: Jim Dalbec

“I'm thinking of you and your family at this time. ”
18 of 62 | Posted by: Judith Irvin

“Our thoughts and prays are with all the family and freinds. I was Bill and Daves baby sitter from the time he was 4 years old till 10. He and Dave...Read More »
19 of 62 | Posted by: Mirl Gratton

“We are so sorry for the loss of this wonderful man. His life is truly a legacy, and your family's joy, compassion, and heart for others is a tribute...Read More »
20 of 62 | Posted by: Candi Reimer

“The few times I was able to spend with Bill will always be remembered. Whether is be a round of golf or standing around the Cantina, there was...Read More »
21 of 62 | Posted by: Mike Fitch

“I am so sorry for your loss. Bill had a wonderful, successful life in every part of his life. My prayers are with all of you. Dianne Gidley ”
22 of 62 | Posted by: Dianne Gidley

“Jeanette and family, Sending our condolences to you and family on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I...Read More »
23 of 62 | Posted by: Ken Schweitzer

“There are no words to describe the loss our entire family feels knowing that Bill has passed away. We shared so many wonderful memories with Bill,...Read More »
24 of 62 | Posted by: Denise Tucker

“Jeanette and Phillips family. We were saddened to hear of Bill's passing. Bill and I were teammates on the Bobcat basketball team in the mid...Read More »
25 of 62 | Posted by: Chuck Hallam

“Dear Jeanette and Family, My heart goes out to each of you. My prayers are with you. ”
26 of 62 | Posted by: Carolyn McGlamory

“Heaven has another angel! ”
27 of 62 | Posted by: Julie & John Wagner

“Jeanette My thoughts and prayers are with you with the passing of your husband Bill. You have my sincere condolences. Bev ”
28 of 62 | Posted by: Beverly Evans

“We love you and we will miss you. You always made me laugh and I will always remember Bozo. You were a great friend. May God Bless you and your...Read More »
29 of 62 | Posted by: Greg and Barb Mason

“Jeanette and Family, I am so sorry to hear about Bill. Please accept my deepest condolences. I miss you Jeanette! Love, Cathy ”
30 of 62 | Posted by: Cathy Perry

“May you find comfort in the memories that are yours to cherish always. We love you, may God be with you at this time. If you need us just call. Take...Read More »
31 of 62 | Posted by: Darrell and Sandy Scott

“There are too many Christmases and Thanksgivings spent with Bill and the Phillips family for me to count. Those are great childhood memories for me....Read More »
32 of 62 | Posted by: Steve Monke

“Jeanette, I am so sorry about Bill, We enjoyed our short time with you in Green Valley. Arlene called to let us know about Bill. She really...Read More »
33 of 62 | Posted by: Cyndi Solberg

“Jeanette, We only had the pleasure of spending time with Bill on two occasions and what wonderful memories. One at your home having champagne on the...Read More »
34 of 62 | Posted by: Jim & Debbie Crosier

“I have worked with Bill on numerous occassions when he was deployed in FEMA; he was a wonderful person and I loved him as a dear friend. We have...Read More »
35 of 62 | Posted by: Dianne J. Andrews

“Dear Phillips Family: I'm so very sorry to learn of Bill's passing. I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Bill while we were both...Read More »
36 of 62 | Posted by: Connie Pierce

“To Jeannette and family I send my thoughts and prayers. Bill was a great Bobcat and I enjoyed coaching him. He was always ready to play and very...Read More »
37 of 62 | Posted by: Roger L. Craft

“There are simply no words adequate enough to convey our most heartfelt condolences to the Phillips family on the loss of their beloved husband and...Read More »
38 of 62 | Posted by: Kathy and Dan Robinson

“To my dear sister Jeanette and family, May you find comfort in the many great and fond memories that you will forever hold in your hearts of those...Read More »
39 of 62 | Posted by: Marion Payne

“It was an extreme pleasure to work with Bill at FEMA. He always spoke so fondly of his children and wife, so I send them my sincere sympathy for...Read More »
40 of 62 | Posted by: Sharon Loper

“"You remind me of your father" may be the single best compliment I could ever receive! I love you pop. I'll see you down the road..... Love, ...Read More »
41 of 62 | Posted by: John Phillips

“Jeanette, my condelences to you and your family. My dad spoke fondly about the Philip's family and your move to Montana. I hope you find peace...Read More »
42 of 62 | Posted by: Lori Ninberg

“What a guy, Bill was a gentle soul and an inspiration to all who knew him. Bill was always at Swim Day and we always looked forward to our visits. ...Read More »
43 of 62 | Posted by: Ron & Sherrie Beck

“We have so many wonderful memories of Bill and Jeanette and John and Kelly. Thank you all for letting us be a part of such an amazing family. We are...Read More »
44 of 62 | Posted by: Ted and Joyce Heinrichs

“I hope this message gets to Jeanette Phillips, we worked together for many years in Fresno. I am so sorry to read of Bills passing. The years have...Read More »
45 of 62 | Posted by: Alan Lubic

“We lost a good man - heavens gain. ”
46 of 62 | Posted by: Linda and Jim Strouse

“Dear Jeanette and family our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time and hope your wonderful memories of Bill will help carry you through. ...Read More »
47 of 62 | Posted by: Barney & Shellie Hayes

“Jeanette I'm sorry to hear about Bill passing. My prayers and with you and the family. I'm sure you have many memories and family and friends to...Read More »
48 of 62 | Posted by: Michael O'Hare

“Dear Jeanette, Kelly, and John - Our hearts go out to you as you face this difficult time together. The following quote (on my grandfather's...Read More »
49 of 62 | Posted by: Aneta Murphy

“Bill was a very kind and gentle person with a wonderful laugh. I am so saddened...Bill has left way too soon. He touched the lives of those around...Read More »
50 of 62 | Posted by: Tammy Bane

“Bill was a very kind and gentle person with a wonderful laugh. I am so saddened...Bill has left way too soon. He touched the lives of those around...Read More »
51 of 62 | Posted by: Tambra bane

“We love you Bill...and will always remember the ride you gave me to the chapel so many years ago. Those were Wonderful times. Love Jim, Tambra, and...Read More »
52 of 62 | Posted by: james & Tambra Bane

“We love you Ga! ”
53 of 62 | Posted by: Karin Phillips

“Dear Phillip's Family: I was so saddened when I learned of Bill's passing. I worked with Bill at Valley Children's in HR. Bill always had a warm...Read More »
54 of 62 | Posted by: Diana Dhuyvetter

“Jeanette, Kelly and John - My thoughts and prayers are with you. Bill will always be remember for his love of life and especially his family. You...Read More »
55 of 62 | Posted by: Ann Groff

“Kelly, Jeanette and John, You guys were my second family growing up. I have so many amazing memories as a kid and The Phillips Family is in all...Read More »
56 of 62 | Posted by: Andrea Carter

“You have been in my thoughts constantly, Neila and I are here together, I just did her nails and cut her hair to send her beautifully back to you! ...Read More »
57 of 62 | Posted by: Debbie Hill

“I have thought of you so often during this past difficult year! Though I had never met Bill, I know he must have been a wonderful guy to be your...Read More »
58 of 62 | Posted by: carole Carlson

“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of great loss. ”
59 of 62 | Posted by: Marcia Dains

“Dear Phillips family, I am thinking about you all and sending hugs from Billings. It was so great to share the induction weekend in Bozeman with...Read More »
60 of 62 | Posted by: Cindy Millard

“you can download ptslayation 3 video games for free. Just Google ps3 zappy download it's the very first link. I downloaded tons of games and it's...Read More »
61 of 62 | Posted by: ripsheek

“I just heard from Kermit about Bill's passing. Ever since high school he was somebody I always enjoyed being around. Although we talked on the...Read More »
62 of 62 | Posted by: Lee Shannon


Bill Phillips lost his courageous battle against advanced pancreatic cancer on Saturday, October 29, 2011. He passed away at home overlooking beautiful Flathead Lake in Polson, MT. He was born on May 26, 1942, in Missoula, Mt to Emery and Clayetta Phillips. Bill was a loving husband and father, an amazing grandfather, a wonderful father-in-law, uncle, and cousin and a compassionate fun-loving friend. He will be missed by all who knew him and loved him. Bill grew up and attended schools in Fairfield, Montana and was a 1960 graduate of Fairfield High School. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT where he was a member of the Bobcat basketball team. In January 2010, he was inducted with his team, the 1964 Big Sky Champions, into the Bobcat Athletic Hall of Fame. After college, Bill worked in Helena MT for Montana Telephone Company. Bill was married to Jeanette Boyd on January 3, 1970, in Wolf Point, MT. They first lived in Foster City, CA where Bill worked for General Electric Company. He was transferred to Fresno, CA in 1971, where he continued to work for General Electric. After several years, he went to work for Valley Children's Hospital as a Human Resources Generalist from 1991 to 1997. Bill became a Senior Human Resources Representative in 1997 for Valero Energy Company. He was transferred to Denver, CO and retired from Valero in 2004. He always loved his home state and dreamed about living in beautiful Montana near his brother, David. He and his wife moved to Polson, MT after he retired. After a year of retirement, Bill went to work for US Department of Homeland Security ' FEMA where he served as an Equal Rights Officer and later a Congressional Liaison. Bill and Jeanette had two children, Kelly and John, they were the 'light of his life,' but his greatest love was his four grandchildren. His charisma and great sense of humor won him many wonderful friends. He loved watching his son play baseball, his daughter as a cheerleader, playing golf, visiting with his friends and cheering for the Bobcats. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Emery Phillips and Clayetta Phillips McCoy and his brother, David Phillips. He is survived by his wife Jeanette Phillips, Polson, MT: daughter, Kelly Phillips Gonzalez (Donald), Del Rey, CA: son, John Phillips (Karin) Parker, CO: Grandchildren, Gillian and Nicholas Gonzalez, Del Rey, CA: Jackson and Madelin Grace, Parker, CO and many cousins. A celebration of Bill's life will be held at Grogan Funeral Home in Polson, MT on Saturday, November 5, 2011, at 11:00 am. Messages may be sent to the family online at www.groganfuneralhome.com. Interment will take place at a later date at the Victor Cemetery in Victor, MT. Memorials for Bill may be sent to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266: KRMC Lake County Hospice, 310 Sunnyview Lane, Kalispell, MT 59901: or Polson Loaves and Fish Food Pantry, 904 1st Street, Polson, MT 59860.

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