Saturday, December 27, 2014

In Memory ~ Jean John Phillip

In Memory ~ Jean John Phillip

Life Legacy


Jean J. Phillip, 97, passed away Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Highland Park Care Center in Alliance. 

Jean was born November 13, 1917 to Willie W. and Alma M. (Vifquain) Phillip in Flat Top, Wyoming. He was raised near Burton and Springview, Nebraska and graduated from Keya Paha County High School in 1934. 

He was married to Maxine Donovan on April 26, 1941 at the Morrill County Courthouse in Bridgeport, Nebraska. 

He enlisted in the United States Navy on August 29, 1942 and was honorably discharged November 25, 1945 in Shoemaker, California. During his Navy career, he was stationed in Norman, Oklahoma; San Diego, California, and served aboard the USS Long Island in the Pacific Ocean. 

Jean was a career mason, plasterer and bricklayer in the Alliance area, retiring to teach building construction at Western Nebraska Technical College in Sidney, 1973 to 1980. Jean and Maxine returned to live in Alliance in 1980. 

He was a member of the United Methodist Church; lifelong member of the American Legion Post #7 serving as Post Commander 1968-1969; and long standing member of the Bricklayers Union #1. 

His survivors include his wife of 73 years, Maxine of Alliance; his son Jary (Dee) Phillip of Omaha and daughter Judy (Larry) Mann of Alliance; four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren: Jennifer (Tom) Shatel and their children, Sarah, Kate and Anna of Omaha; Alison (Kevin) Streck and their children, Olivia Sikora and Claire of Omaha; Cory (Sherry) Mann and their children, Colter and Chloe of Alliance, and Jared (Melanie) Mann and their children, Keaton and Gavin of Alliance He is also survived by his brothers, Robert Phillip of Hermosa, South Dakota and Leo Phillip of Scottsbluff, and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Kenneth and his wife Harriet Phillip; sisters in law Bernadine Phillip and Zetta Phillip. Also preceding him in death were in laws, Vivian and Charles Sherlock, Herb and Arleen McFall, and Harold and Ann Donovan. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, December 11 at the United Methodist Church in Alliance with Pastor Tom Lucas officiating. Immediately following a private family burial, the family will welcome visitors at a luncheon at the Newberry, 404 Box Butte Avenue. 
Visitation will be Wednesday at the funeral home from 1-7 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Alliance United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor's choice.
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Guestbook

12/12/2014 -

Dan Contonis

Dan Contonis has sent this Expressions of Sympathy card.

12/10/2014 -

Tammi Pierce

Judy we are sorry to hear about your dad. You and your family will be in our thoughts & prayers.

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cindy ellis

Many words describe this wonderful man. Classy kind intelligent. God be with his wife and family.


12/10/2014 -

Rav Nate Seitelbach

Praying for you all. Very sorry for your loss.

12/09/2014 -

Tim Cawthra

I was a student of Jean's at WNTC in Sidney. He always impressed me by is knowledge and skill in the Building trades. I went on to become a builder and a vocational teacher at the High School level. Great man and will be missed by all that he taught.

12/09/2014 -

Carolann & Richard Blanco

Our Sincere sympathies to all of Jean's family and friends. Jean taught us all how to be strong in our convictions but gentle in our actions. He truly touched our lives and our hearts.

12/09/2014 -

Jerry and Beverley Zwiebel

We were saddened to hear of Jean's death. Our prayers are with you all.

12/09/2014 -

Sparky Pryor and family

He will be greatly missed. Plenty of great memories. You are in our thoughts and prayers. 

12/09/2014 -

Ruth (Perez) Campbell

I will forever remember Jean as a very kind and gentle man. I loved visiting with him when I worked for the school system. I always enjoyed seeing him and his beautiful wife together as we sang sometimes for everyone at Crossroads. Rest in peace my dear friend. It was my honor to know you.

12/08/2014 -

Cindy & Don Zurn

Our sypmpathy to your family. Gene was a kind, gentle and wise man. Dad just now reminisced about how Gene taught him how to do arithmetic in grade school, and also installed glass block in their bathroom remodel. I'm sure he touched many peoples lives...and what a life he lived. Cherish your memories! 

12/08/2014 -

Mary Lee & Chris Ehrke

Jean was a wonderful man and will be remembered as a kind and caring husband, father, and grandfather. Our thoughts an prayers are with you. 

12/08/2014 -

Bette Gerlach

Jean was a great guy and he will be missed. Prayers to the family.

12/08/2014 -

Randy McMasters

My sincere condolences to Jean's family and friends.

-Randy McMasters

12/08/2014 -

Chuck & Kaye Dutton  

When a loved one goes home, all the angels rejoice.
Our prayers are with your family at this time.


In Memory ~ Harriet Jean Kelly Phillip



In Memory ~ Harriet Jean Kelly Phillip

Eulogy by Pastor Sue of Moscow Methodist Church
Keeping Time

         If you ever visited Harriet’s home, whether it was on Kenneth Avenue, at Good Samaritan Village, or even Aspen Park, you know she loved clocks.  We see one of the most unique ones before us today, her rhythm clock.  I hear there’s some competition in the family over who gets this
one.  There are plenty to go around.  She had 24 clocks, one for every hour of the day.  Kenneth built grandfather clocks.  I’m not sure if he built them because Harriet loved clocks, if she loved clocks because he built them, or if that was simply a common interest.
         There’s a hymn which says, “Time like an ever rolling stream bears all who breathe away.”  We are here today because Sunday morning time bore Harriet away. Towards the last couple of weeks, time had seemed to drag.  It was clear that her body at last was truly failing.  Her children had all come for one last visit.  Her family had told her it was OK to die.  Still she hung on.  I told her, “The Bible says there will be no more mourning or crying or pain.”  I assured her that God had forgiven her for any sins she might have committed.  She was barely able to talk by then, but she did manage to say, “That means a lot.”  Still she hung on.  It was almost as if time had stopped and those who loved her just waited.  Finally, early Sunday morning she died and many of us breathed a sigh of relief.
         She lived so much longer than anyone expected, including Harriet herself.  Ten years ago, not long after Kenneth’s death, she ended up in the hospital in Spokane with heart problems.  She didn’t expect to live for another decade.  When she and Bob got together they knew their combined health problems offered them a very limited future – and they had five years.  Her cancer diagnosis last fall led many of us to expect her death then.  It was not to be.
         Time did not diminish Harriet’s prodigious memory.  She often introduced me to family members saying, “she came to visit me in the hospital in Spokane just after she moved here.”  Honestly, I would have forgotten all about that if she did not remind me of it so often.  
         Sometimes her memory was almost too good.  When talking about the finer details of some long past event, Sharon would say to her, “Your memory is better than mine.”  “I know,” Harriet would reply.
         The Book of Ecclesiastes tells us, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”  Surely in her 92 years there have been many times and seasons.  It seems fitting that we gather to remember her on May Day.  As a child she would make construction paper baskets, fill them with flowers or candy and place them by neighbor’s doors and then run away.  As the flowers bloom today I wonder if children still make May baskets?  Today we know the gift of Harriet.  She has not so much run away as she has been born to a new life.
         When she got sick two weeks ago, she knew that her granddaughter Brittney had a bridal shower coming up.  She feared that her illness would spoil the shower.  One of the gifts for the new bride was Harriet’s cookbook. She had typed it out years ago, 70 pages of it, with favorite recipes along with notes about where they came from, who had made them, and other tidbits of history.  Many copies have been made.  It was the highlight of the shower, though a few tears were shed as well.  I hear the new bride may face some challenges in preparing those dishes, however, for some of the recipes are a little vague.  They say things like, “cook until done,” which made perfect sense to Harriet and for a new cook can be confusing.
        
The Cookbook
One of those cookbooks is here today.  I haven’t had a chance to look through it thoroughly.  My guess is that it has her specialties like brownies, donut holes, and Christmas cookies.  A LOT of Christmas cookies.  Truly for everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.
         Harriet had time for the important things in life.  She met Kenneth when she worked at the movie theater in Belleville, Kansas popping corn.  Their kids say he loved movies and I’m sure that is true.  I do wonder if the other reason he went to the movies every time he was in Belleville was because she was there.  They married in Belleville and eventually moved to Nebraska where they raised their family.
         I’m sure there were moments as a mother when time ran short for her.  Somehow she got six children up and ready for Sunday School every week, often teaching a class herself.  Then there were Cub Scouts, Blue Birds, and Campfire and all the other things her children were involved in.  Harriet often doubted herself – and she raised a strong, confident daughter along with all those sons.
         She and Kenneth moved to Moscow in 1978 to be closer to several of their grown children.  When Kenneth died in 2004 they had been married for 64 years.  Now that’s what I call keeping time together.
         She built other relationships as well.  She always had renters in the basement apartment, but they were more than renters.  They were friends, and very nearly family.  She build relationships with the people she met at the Friendly Neighbors lunches, even taking one of them home with her while he was being treated for cancer and in the end, marrying him.
         “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die.”  After 92 years Harriet’s time to die came at last at 7:30 Sunday morning.  The mystery and the wonder of the faith Harriet had lived for 92 years is that death itself is a form of birth.  The God who knit her together in the first place had a new life in store for her.  Gone is the body wracked with pain, the heart which struggled, and the legs which wobbled so that she needed a walker.  In its place God has given her a new body, a spiritual body, a body raised in power and glory.
         Time like an ever rolling stream bears all who breathe away, they fly forgotten as a dream dies at the opening day.”

         Here’s where that hymn doesn’t fit.  I am confident that Harriet will not be forgotten.  As her clocks tick steadily on, so does she live on.  As her family turn to those old recipes they’ll carry her memory forward.  God who was Harriet’s help for every matter under heaven is now her eternal home.  Today she is timeless.


90th birthday ~ 2011
Obituary ~ Harriet Jean Kelly Phillip, died at the age of 92 in Moscow, ID, on Sunday, April 27, 2014.

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Harriet was born November 4, 1921, in Belleville, KS to Harry Kelly and Edith McKowen Kelly.  She graduated from Belleville KS high school in 1939 and went to Central Business College in Kansas City MO.  Harriet married Kenneth Phillip in 1940 in Manhattan, KS.  They were married for 64 years.  She later married Bob Crossin in Moscow ID.  Harriet worked after her children were enrolled in school at the Copsey Clinic in Alliance, NE and later at Crites-Moscow Growers in Moscow, ID, retiring in 1985.

Harriet was a busy homemaker for many years ~ she was a Sunday School teacher, Cub Scout leader, Blue Bird and Camp Fire leader.  Harriet enjoyed decorating cakes for friends and family.  In later years she made a family cookbook for all the family and a book containing stories of interest to the family.  Harriet was a member of the United Methodist Church in Alliance, NE and transferred her membership to the Moscow, ID Methodist Church.  She enjoyed playing pinochle with the Senior Citizens Club and regularly attended the Friendly Neighbor Senior dinners at the 1912 Building in Moscow.

Harriet is survived by her children ~ Ray and Judi, Newcastle, WA; Sharon and Tony Singleton, Moscow, ID; Dick and Cindy, Riverton, WY; Bill and Janet, Cheney, WA; Jim and; Kathie, Green River, WY; and Paul, Westminster, CO; as well as 13 grandchildren, and many great grandchildren, and one sister ~ Bernadine Wolfe of Arizona.

Harriet was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Phillip (2004); and Bob Crossin (2012), her parents, and two sisters.

Harriet’s funeral service will be held Thursday, May 1, at 2:00 p.m. at Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow ID, with Pastor Sue Ostrom (United Methodist Church) officiating.

Graveside services will be immediately following at the Moscow Cemetery.

Shorts Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Friendly Neighbors located in the Senior Center at the 1912 Center, Moscow ID.


  1. Janine Haines says:May 4, 2014 at 2:33 pm have just returned from a visit to meet my first grandchild in Alabama, and read in paper about the passing of Harriet. We worked together at the Copsey Clinic in Alliance and became close friends. I was new to the Alliance area, just married and away from my home for the first time. Harriet stepped in and became a “mother,” figure, but also a friend. I enjoyed her and Ken. When I had my first son, Harriet and Ken were back in Alliance on a visit and stopped in with a gift, musical pull toy. I was able to attend their anniversary celebration held in Alliance also. We kept in touch with Christmas cards through the years. I am truly sorry for your loss, she was such a warm, loving, fun person. May you find comfort in knowing so many people cared about her.
    Cindy & Don Zurn says:May 5, 2014 at 3:20 am  Bill & Janet, so sorry on the passing of your mother. I remember her visit to the Knight Museum a few years back. She was very appreciative and grateful of life in general. May your many memories sustain you in the days to come.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Family Reunion, Labor Day, September 2, 3, 4, 2011

Phillip Family Reunion, Labor Day Week-end, September 2, 3, and 4, 2011


From all indications, the Phillip family reunion was a roaring success!!  Because of the huge turnout (88 family members), this reunion was the largest attendance of any Phillip family reunion.


All the photos here and more can be found on the Walmart site.  You need to sign up to see them, but there is no charge.  I have put the pictures in four folders


I have to mention the ten people responsible for the organization and manpower that put this reunion together.


Judy and Larry Mann
Cory and Sherry Mann
Jared and Melanie Mann
Janice and Archie Lawrence
Tony and I


I think I can speak for all ten of us when I say that we had the most fun ~ watching all our family members have a great time was so rewarding!  


But...then you have to see this picture of Judy ~ on Thursday afternoon before events began.  Tony and I spent eleven days with all of the Mann family prior to the reunion keeping Judy calm...obviously we did a good job!!








Front row:  Bill, Dean, Jim, Paul
Middle row:  Ray, Jary, Don, Steve, Dick, Randy
Back row:  Julie, Judy, Janice, Sharon, Lynelle, Mary, Roberta
One of the best things about the reunion was getting all of the 17 cousins in one location (shown in picture above)....if anyone knows the last time this happened, let me know.


FRIDAY
Relatives began arriving by 2 pm on Friday afternoon...we had let everyone know that if they came earlier than 2 pm, they would have to help....funny how no one showed up before 2 pm!!


Janet, Randy, Jim, Ray, Judi
A BBQ was held at the Mann ranch around 6 pm.  


Mom and Paul handed out the souvenir wooden "penny boxes" (made by Bill) as everyone entered the garage to fill their plates.  


















Other Side
One Side
Along about the same time, in another line, Don and Bob were handing out their souvenir memento, "Bingo" medallions and wooden holders.








Leo, Jared, Cory, Bob
After everyone had eaten and just as the last family arrived for the event, Jean, Bob, and Leo were ushered down to the large barn.  The 1927 Dodge car (formerly belonging to Willie Phillip and now owned by Jared Mann) was unveiled. The Mann family and Tony and I had discussed at length and decided that Leo should be the "brother" to drive the car up through the unsuspecting crowd.  As soon as the car was unveiled, Jared said "OK, which one of you boys are driving?...Leo, do you want to drive?".  Immediately, Jean spoke up "I'm driving....(hesitation)...I'm the oldest".  Needless to say, who was going to argue with "the oldest"! (quotes taken from Tony's video ~ turn up your volume to hear Jean speak).


And....Jean drove.....at one point he drove a little fast ~ scaring a few people and making the crowd roar with laughter ~ Jennifer's video is living proof (pictured Bob, Leo, Jean).  See 5 minute video of this drive/ride by Jennifer Shatel.




Ray, Cally, Bill
As the car made its way into the crowd, all family members were given the Phillip Reunion book (put together by Paul).  Inside each book was a note assigning each person to a one hour time slot to help Janice, Judy and myself throughout the three-day event.  The first assignment was for Ray to give rides in the car to anyone who wanted a ride.  Later, the car was available to anyone who wanted to drive it.  It was amazing how much help you all were ~ everyone reported for duty at their designated time ~ without your help, we would never have made it through the days.  Thank you!!


Cory, Don, Sharon, Jared, Larry
Jared and I took the last Friday night ride in the car...the car stalled...as Jared called Cory for help on his cell phone and I called Melanie for help on my cell phone, Jared told me "If the cops come, we're jumping out and going in the corn field".  I assured him I would be right behind him!




Kelly
Jim
Cally and Don




















More entertainment Friday night was when Judy brought out her stilts ~ pictures are of Jim, Kelly, and Don all taking a turn.  I also took my turn, but didn't take many steps before falling down....sorry, no one got a picture of this.


The shooting range was in full swing on Friday evening....thanks again to the Mann's inventory of guns, shells, targets, and clay pigeons (skeets).
SATURDAY
Saturday began at 8 am at the Newberry's building with a continental breakfast served for everyone by the hourly helpers, Janet and Cindy.


The car was brought into town and parked in front of Newberry's for anyone's use.












Bob
"Bingo" the 100 year old horse was loaned by Roberta and brought down by Bob for the event.


















Judy, Kathie, Brittany, Ray
This is a picture of some relatives at the continental breakfast.


I posed this picture because of the boys' names (Cody Kenneth, Ken's great grandson; and Cody Robert, Robert's great grandson).




Lunch was served between 11 and 1 ~ A reception was planned between 2 and 5 for friends to drop by to see the honored guests:


Jean and Maxine, celebrating their 70th anniversary in 2011.


Harriet, celebrating her 90th birthday


Bob, celebrating his 90th birthday


Leo, honored guest of the event






















Brittany, Jennifer, Callie
Kelly, Melanie, Liz
Cake, punch, mints, and nuts were served; a guest table was set up to welcome guests.


Because Nebraska was playing football, the Manns came to the rescue (again!) and set up a TV and satellite dish ~ many Phillips watched the game as well as many of the reception guests.


Tony was assigned to take pictures of any family groups between 5 and 6.  Jim was assigned to line up the people in each photo.  Mary provided T-shirts for her sisters, Roberta, Janice, and herself with "I can't remember if I'm the good sister or the evil one".  They wore the shirts most of the afternoon.


Here is a picture of family members taking pictures of posed pictures and Judy trying to make the little ones smile!


A table was set up with the kindergarten cousin pictures that Grandma Alma always had hanging in her home, the parchesi game that many of us older ones remember playing that Grandpa Willie had made, two laptops running slide shows of many older family photos (Tony's and Verlene's).  Verlene donated a DVD of the "Next Year Country" book and Mary brought many extras of the book for anyone to take a copy.


One table in the afternoon entertained themselves playing cards.  Younger kids were entertained on the back table with a TV, video games and videos.  Although I did hear that at one point that Cody Wilson entertained several of the young ones by climbing up the plumbing pipes in the downstairs bathroom.


Bob also provided some entertainment by having Daisy May do her tricks.  Here is a five minute video that Tony took a couple of years ago of Daisy May's tricks.
Janice and I outside; I have one shoe off ~ possibly "tired feet"!


Supper was served in the Newberry's building and then the bar was officially opened with monetary donations from Cory and Jared which started a rush to see who could put the most money in the "tip jar".  With donations, the Phillip Family were kept in drinks the whole evening.....thank you to all the donators!


SUNDAY
Sunday brunch was held at Janice and Archie's.  Janice is the only cook of the three of the organizers ~ she did a fantastic job with the brunch.


Bill is showing bottle stoppers that he is making to Bob, Don, and Lynelle ~ believe many family members left with one of them.


After brunch many of the family members went back out to the Mann's.  The shooting range was again in full swing.




There was another BBQ provided with all the leftover food (Roberta and Julie shown here).


"Milking the cow" provided entertainment for the younger ones.


A few got in the back seat of "the car" for a different kind of ride (Judy driving; Bill and I in the back).


And...here is a picture of your three organizers...late Sunday afternoon (almost all of us still smiling)!


This is a picture after everyone left ~ the guns laid out in Judy and Larry's kitchen.


The targets (with Keaton standing by)


The cans














Front page of guest book.


These are the pages from the guest book, in case anyone is interested.
























This is the email sent to all family members on October 24, 2011.

WOW…what a reunion.  Thank you everyone for attending.  Without you, the reunion would not have been the huge success that we think it was.  Larry Mann is ready to have another one soon…I don’t think Judy Mann feels quite ready yet though.


It was great to have all 17 of our generation altogether  ~ does anyone want to guess how long it has been since we have all been in the same place ~ probably a Thanksgiving a long time ago!! 

I have put pictures up on Walmart’s website.  Most of them are ones Tony and I took, but some are from others that I have gotten through emails.  When you go to the website, if you don’t have a Walmart password, you may need to sign up for one, but it is free.  I have separated the pictures into Friday, Saturday, Saturday posed pictures, and Sunday. 

The blog has links to two “youtube” videos ~ one of Jean saying “I’m driving”, and one of the runaway car.

We certainly have to thank all the Mann family for our access to “the car”.  They went to a lot of expense (time and money) to make sure “the car” could be unveiled on Friday night…and what an unveiling it turned out to be.

Thank you, Janice and Judy for all your help in organizing this reunion.  I’ve found that if more than one person is organizing the reunion, the reunion is better ~ this one was at least three times better than any we have ever had before!!!  Thanks Archie, Larry, and Tony for putting up with us while we made everything happen with your help.

Thanks to everyone who “worked” their hour to help us ~ it was amazing how everyone reported in at their scheduled time ~ without your help it would have been impossible (translated to “a disaster”).

Thanks to Bob and Don for the medallions and medallion stands ~ nice memento for the reunion ~ even though they chose to keep me from knowing what they were making!  Thanks, Bob and Roberta, for loaning and bringing “Bingo”, the infamous horse and showing Daisy Mae’s tricks to many attending.

Thanks to Bill’s woodwork and Mom’s checkbook everyone again received a “penny box” memento ~ a tradition started by Dad.

Thanks to Paul for putting the reunion booklet together and printing the labels for the “penny boxes”.  Unfortunately one error has been found (Jennifer’s daughter’s last names should all be Shatel, not Phillip ~ Sarah, Kate and Anna)

Cory, Sherry, Jared and Melanie went above and beyond the call of duty to help Judy, Larry, Tony and I for two weeks before the reunion (of course, they had no choice.  When Judy spoke, we all jumped)!!!

We have to thank all of you who left sizeable cash donations.  Janice, Judy and I were so pleased to plan the reunion at our expense so no one would feel they couldn’t attend because of a reunion charge.  We were even more pleased on Sunday when all of you started showing your appreciation!!! 

There were also a few donations in the way of food provided or brought for different meals.  Thank you.

Mary insisted she donate ~ I said I would send her a bill (thought about shipping Bill to her)…however, I wouldn’t take her donation when we returned from our five weeks in UK because our bills were all taken care of by your generous donations.  Also, thanks to Mary ~ anyone who wanted a “Next Year Country” book should now have their own copy.  Verlene had CD copies of the book available also. 

And last but not least ~ the Newberry building ~ the event turned out great at this central location.  The evening “tip jar” was fed regularly by many of you.  Thank you for the generous tips which gave us free access to the bar all evening.

Found after reunion was over:
·       Ear phones ~ used during the shooting gallery at Mann’s
·       Umbrella found
·       Pair of brown shorts
Let me know if these belong to anyone.  Thanks.

And now….go to the Phillip Blog for more information….enjoy!