Prentice ‘Phil’ Phillips
March 1, 2006
Prentice Arden “Phil” Phillips, 90, passed peacefully in his sleep Feb. 24, 2006, at Barton Memorial Hospital, following complications from pneumonia.
He was born Oct. 12, 1915, in Globe, Ariz., to Prentice Arden Phillips and Una Florence Hayes. He was known as Pinky in his early years and as later as Phil. Phil graduated from high school in Globe and worked in a local copper mine before marrying the love of his life, Teresa Jane Luscher of Bisbee, Ariz. Phil loved to talk of the first time he saw Teresa and he knew she was the one for him. They married on his birthday in 1940 and were practically inseparable for 65 years.
Phil and Teresa moved to Vallejo, Calif., in 1940, and Phil worked at Mare Island Shipyard for the U.S. Government. In 1945 he transferred to China Lake, Calif., Naval Weapons Center, where he worked in the Mojave Desert until he retired in 1975. Upon retiring from the government, he and Teresa moved to Carson City, Nev., where he sold tools for a number of years for Ric-Wil Co. In 2001 the couple moved to South Lake Tahoe to live with their daughter and son-in-law. They both moved into the Barton Skilled Nursing Facility in 2005. Phil was a kind-hearted soul, always smiling and making friends. He enjoyed cooking and being with his family. Phil loved to eat lunch at Ernie’s Café, where Paul, Judy and their staff were his good buddies.
He is survived by his wife, Teresa Phillips of South Lake Tahoe; son and daughter-in-law, Arnold and Shirley Phillips of Culpepper, Va.; daughter, JoAnn Nelson of Lakeside, Calif.; daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Phil Youngs of South Lake Tahoe; sister-in-law, Cecilia Phillips of Santa Barbara, Calif.; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by brother, William, in 2004, and daughter-in-law, Barbara Phillips, and great-granddaughter, Jennifer Corbin, both in 2002.
A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at Barton Skilled Nursing Facility, and Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Theresa Catholic Church. Inurnment will be at Happy Homestead Cemetery.