Harold Franklin Phillips, Jr. 91 of Blue Springs, Missouri passed away Thursday, November 10, 2022 at his home surrounded by family.
Harold was born October 7, 1931 in Independence, Missouri to Harold (Hal) Sr. and Anna Mae (Thomas) Phillips. Harold was raised in Independence and graduated from William Chrisman High School in 1949 where he was known as “Little Birddog” until his brother graduated and he then inherited the nickname “Birddog.” After high school Harold enlisted in the Marines and served for a short time before being honorably discharged. In 1950 Harold married his high school sweetheart Bobbie Ellis and from this union had four children Tim, Tom, Susie and Sally.
Harold spent more than 50 years in telecommunications as a System Technician retiring in 1986 from AT&T. After this retirement Harold and Bobbie relocated to Houston, Texas where he went to work with Panhandle Eastern Pipeline as a Consultant retiring in 2003. He then spent his retirement years as a golf course marshal at Sugar Creek Country Club in Sugar Land, Texas where he had unlimited access to all the golfing his heart desired.
In his free time, Harold enjoyed golfing, fishing, traveling and he was an avid reader of westerns. He especially enjoyed weekends at the beach or on the farm outside of Houston with his brother-in-law Joe Morton. But, he especially enjoyed spending time with his family.
Harold is preceded in death by his wife of 63 years Roberta (Bobbie), his parents Hal and Anna Mae (Thomas) Phillips; brother Ralph Phillips; and step-mother Helen (Bell Flynn) Phillips. He is survived by his children Tim Phillips (Linda), Tom Phillips, (Karen), Susie Vader (Larry), Sally Partida (Johnny), grandchildren: Jennifer Phillips Adams (Stephen), Ashleigh Vader Sandifer (Steve),
Ryan Phillips (Sarah), Tara Phillips Cassidy (Jake), Holly Phillips, Drew Phillips (Nicole), Adam Vader (Brandi), Jacob Partida, and Jonathan Partida (Megan), eleven great grandchildren and one on the way, his brother John Phillips (Pat) and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A visitation will be held at Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th Street, Independence, Missouri at 1:00 pm with a memorial service beginning at 2:00 on Thursday, December 1, 2022. Inurnment following at Oak Ridge Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to: Pediatric Cardiology at Children’s Mercy or American Cancer Society.