Services for Ralph Byron ‘Phil’ Phillips, 94, will be held June 11, 2019, at Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home & Crematory, Branson. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. with a Celebration of Life at 2 p.m., followed by full military honors. Burial will be at a later date in Ozarks Memorial Park Cemetery, Branson.
He died June 5, 2019.
Phil was born April 7, 1925, in Centertown, Mo., son of Ralph Bevier Phillips and Eva Smith. He endured the hardships of the Great Depression and served in the submarine forces through WWII on the USS Bluegill and USS Blackfin.
He met his wife, Beatrice Laverne Rush (Rusty), while at a dance and they continued dancing after their wedding on April 10, 1948. He worked in the elevator trade, first with Anderson Priest and then Montgomery Elevators for the remainder of his career. In addition, he was a licensed real estate broker as well as buying, renovating and selling many houses long before flipping became the rage.
He was active in the VFW, Submarine Veterans of WWII and many volunteer organizations. After retirement, he and Rusty eventually settled in Branson where he did volunteer work with the Chamber of Commerce, food banks and hospitals including clanging the bell for the Salvation Army and handing out Buddy Poppies.
He received much recognition for his service in the submarines and volunteer-ism, including Grand Marshall of the Branson Veteran’s Day parade in 2011.
He was preceded in death by two brothers and four sisters.
He is survived by his wife; sons, Michael David (Annie), of Branson, Patrick Donald (Elena), of Walla Walla, Wash. and Timothy Gene (Frances), of Loveland Colo.; sisters, Grace White and Inez Larsen and two grandchildren.